Rooster Fish and Dorado at the points, Marlin & Yellowfin Tuna Thinning Out

 Rooster Fish and Dorado at the points, Marlin & Yellowfin Tuna Thinning Out  

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

As we continue to move deeper into early winter we see the fishing conditions changing as colder water takes over our world famous fishing grounds. But this does not mean we are seeing the fishing go south as well as we see the bay explode with large football sized Yellowfin Tuna which continues to be primary player for short trip anglers.  No wonder with the amount of bait in the bay. The bite has moved closer to mid day as you would expect at this time of the month. Deep water locations of El Banco and Corbeteña see fewer anglers as Marlin and Yellowfin move out gradually. Yep, things are changing but if you don´t need to boat a fish over 100 lbs, then you are in for a great day at a more affordable price.

Yellowfin Foot ball Tuna, left at 6 back by 10, Yelapa, Bella Del Mar, Capt. Pepe

Yellowfin Foot ball Tuna, left at 6 back by 10, Yelapa, Bella Del Mar, Capt. Pepe

Normally at this time of the year the water temperatures are still warm so we normally have Large Marlin and Yellowfin Tuna, but with the La Nina Conditions we experiencing in back to back years, this is not the case this year, again. I am not saying you won´t find large fish at  El Banco or Corbeteña, I am just giving you a friendly warning that if you have high expectations for these locations, you may just experience the same level of disappointment if you´re looking for Moby Dick amigos! We have seen some strong southern currents and with them comes colder water. Now there are other things that will come with the colder currents as well, bait for one thing. We are seeing very large Squids in the 40lb range at Corbeteña so as you can imagine there are still some Yellowfin Tuna at the rock. Now they may be forty pounds or they may be 120 lbs, it just depends on the draw. Marlin are still hanging around the rock, but they are getting smaller by the day if you are lucky enough to find one! Sailfish who like water a touch cooler are still swarming, but you don´t need to hit the rock to find Sails amigos. Cubera Snappers are large and worth the time and money if you are a mind to head out this way. Remember to keep in mind the local bait! If you are lucky enough to boat a Yellowfin Tuna, check the stomach and see what they`re feeding on, simple tricks from the old timers can save your day, so remember the basics when fishing! Squid, Krill shrimps and squids (whale food), Sardines and more have moved into the area. For those who just have to have a Marlin before they go home, the best place at the moment is the area between El Morro and Corbeteña. For some reason there are warm areas around this area and with the bait being as abundant as it is, there are plenty of reasons for these finned fantasies to hang around.

Update: 12/06/2011, well as I sent this article off to press things as you may expect changed for the better at El Banco and Corbeteña. Now the Marlin are still MIA (missing in action) for some unknown reason, but Yellowfin Turned up out of nowhere and are thick around the perimeter of the high spots. The water is clear and clean green, water temps are hovering in the 78 degree range (normal would be 82 degrees) and the Yellowfin Tuna are running anywhere from 60 to over 200 lbs right now! You may expect these Yellowfin (YF) Tuna to be chasing Krill and Sardines like in the bay, but in fact they are hitting bullet Bonitos, another of t heir favorites to feed on! If you are here in Vallarta and you have been looking for Yellowfin Tuna Action, then you better hit it while it´s hot or this will be another ¨You should have been here yesterday¨ story. While there give the Cubera Snappers a shot around the drop off (jigging) the high spots, you may find it surprising!

The Marietta Islands have exploded after a less than exciting summer. Rooster fish ranging from 20 to 70lb s are back being their aggressive selves. Dorado are here as well, yet we don´t seem to see much demand for Dorado unless it´s in the bay and close to Marina Vallarta. Snappers are turning up in the area as well in the 15 to 40 lb range. Don`t forget about the Jack Crevalls, Bonito, Skip Jacks, Sierra Mackerals and the list goes on. For the guy looking t o get some action and still keep some bucks in his back pocket, this is the best bang for your ¨Blue Water Fishing¨ excursions. Leave by 7a.m. and get back before the wife knows you`re MIA!  Update 12/6/2011: Roosterfish have surrounded the Marietta Islands and have taken the area hostage! You need 8 hrs, but the action starts when you drop a line amigos. Don´t go there if you are looking to shoot the breeze and drink beer, you will only have moments between between strikes! They are running from small to ¨My God¨ sized… or 25 to 70 lbs. You may want to bring something larger than a Baitmaster casting reel and pole on this trip…. For you ¨Fly Guys¨ nothing under a 10 wt please! Snappers are here as well, with Jack Crevalls, Pompano, Bonito, Sierra Mackerals, and more. It´s OK to dip into that Xmas cash if you  don´t abuse it  too badly… tell you r wife I said it  was OK!

Punta Mita is still smoking with Dorado in the mid size range of about 30 lbs up. Sailfish are still about   ten miles off the point and of course the Rooster Fish have surged in both numbers and size. Nothing complicated here, just cast a silver diamond jig, popper or Rapalla and anything is likely to happen. If you are targeting Dorado, go here! Update 12/06/2011: Ok, Rooster Fish have taken over here as well and you get the extra benefit of Dorado in the area as well. Sailfish are still ten miles or so off the points with plenty of bait in the water to keep their attention.

Rooster City at the Marietta Islands,  8 hrs Capt. Chema Mi Jenny

Rooster City at the Marietta Islands, 8 hrs Capt. Chema Mi Jenny

As we move into the holiday season like we are now we see the ¨fishing client¨ change from the guy who wants Moby Dick to the guy who just wants a short day where he or she can catch something they can eat that night for dinner. We all understand that for sure and if you are this person then we have the fishing trip for you. Yellowfin Tuna Footballs anywhere from 20 t o 60 lbs have set up camp for the last few weeks and with more and more Krill and Sardines moving into the bay there does not seem to be much of a reason for them to be moving out. Now we know this is not going to last forever, no matter how much bait is in the water so if you are a mind to, get your lucky butt out there and take advantage of something that is kinda unusual.

The Bite update 12/06/2011: Well the bite has changed and if you are out there thinking the bite is in the morning, then you got stung with bad timing. From the time I wrote this report to now, the bite moved from early to early afternoon around 1 to 2 O´clock. We have seen some days were the Footballs were just think, you could walk across them, yet they did not take any baits. It could be we don´t have anything to offer them that gets their attention, or you missed the bite. Remember, if you are going out for a short day, you have to know when the bite is happening or you may find yourself in the right place at the wrong time… sounds like my last marriage.

Bait: Bait, bait and more bait … there are bait balls the size of simi-trucks of three inch Sardinas as they call them here… Whale food, but smaller fish appreciate them as well. Bullet Bonito are around the deep water locations, drawing in the larger Yellowfins as I discussed earlier. Krill are still in the bay, probably the biggest reason the footballs are lingering by Yelapa.   So keep an eye on what   the local bait is and mimic it if you find the Google Eyes are not working. Always good to have bait in the water!

While you are in town don`t forget to visit Marina Vallarta with the ¨other Malicon¨ in Puerto Vallarta! It`s the second most popular tourist attraction in Puerto Vallarta with Restaurant  row and 150 shops of all kinds… I´ll keep an eye out for you!

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

Master Baiter´s Sportfishing & Tackle is located in Marina Vallarta on the Boardwalk between the light house and Porto Bellos restaurant. Come by and say hello!  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 at my email: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx

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

 

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Large Rooster Fish Invade Punta Mita and the Marietta Islands

Large Rooster Fish Invade Punta Mita and the Marietta Islands

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

Well we are now seeing some great weather in Puerto Vallarta as the tourist / Snow birds begin their annual trek back to our little corner of Paradise. Whales are moving in and getting thicker by the day. Water temperatures are still on the downward slide, but not cold. Rooster fish (30-65 lbs) invade the Marietta Islands and off the Reef at Punta Mita. At Corbeteña as we move into winter fishing conditions does not mean the fishing is tapering off, for those still interested in Big Fish, we still have them, but  don`t  delay if you´re looking for Marlin and Yellowfin Tuna.

Corbeteña is still doing well with Sailfish, large Dorado in the 45lb range. Black Marlin are thinning out a little and a little smaller in the 400lb range. Cubera Snappers to 60lbs, Yellowfin Tuna in the smaller ranges from 45 to 160lbs if you can get them to turn their head with all the Krill Shrimp in the area.  This is the favorite food for Yellowfin Tuna and when they are in the area, if you are not running squid or Shrimp, then target something else. One thing to remember is the bite is happening in the morning hours around 7 a.m. if targeting YF Tuna.

The bay is smoking and a six hour trip is a great value and there is plenty of action for your fishing buck amigos! Off Yelapa, Los Arcos and north near Nuevo Vallarta there have been Yellowfin Football Tuna for weeks and right now for those catching the bite right they are in the 35 to 60lb range. Probably the best fishing deal in PV for sure. Sierra Mackerals, Jack Crevalls, California Bonito that are great eating, Snappers and the list goes on.

Butch and Bob Drake, 8 hrs, Mi Jenny,  Capt. Chema Holding Fish

Butch and Bob Drake, 8 hrs, Mi Jenny, Capt. Chema Holding Fish

As we move deeper into winter we are seeing an invasion of Rooster fish at the Marietta Islands and at the Reef off Punta Mita this week. For those interested in taking a shot at some Dorado, then you are still in luck, but again, don`t doddle amigos, you may find yourself wondering where they went. Sailfish are also around these two locations as well, so take 8 hrs and go have some fun! Money is tight, no worries, I have options! Bonito, Sierra Mackerals, Sailfish and more are here at the Marietta Islands and around El Morro as well. After months of slow action at the Marietta Islands it´s great to see some action here!

All and all the fishing is still great, but we are moving into a transition period from summer to winter fishing conditions as we speak. Moby Dick and his brothers will be moving out shortly, but his cousin will be in the area all winter in the form of Sailfish some Striped Marlin, but not many up north near San Pancho.

Now that I have the report details finished I want to talk about why it is important to remember seasonal weather patterns and water temperatures. When we come into the winter, one of the first signs we are seeing winter currents and weather conditions are the arrivals of species like Jack Crevalls, Sierra Mackerals and of course the Whales. Another thing that happens is the arrival of Krill Shrimp and Squids, Tuna and of course Whale food. When we see these colder water conditions coming into the area you have to be aware of what is happening and then improvise and adjust to take advantage of these changing conditions. If you are a boat that is not equipped to take advantage of these conditions, then you just paid too much for the boat you´re on. I am sure you expected a well equipped boat for the money you paid. Now being well equipped means having squid rigs or squid lures on hand. It means running light line on these lures or you´ll scare away a line shy Yellowfin Tuna. Small or large, they are Yellowfin!

 Jake Robbins, 1st Mate Fleco, Capt. Pepê , Bella Del Mar, 8 hrs

Jake Robbins, 1st Mate Fleco, Capt. Pepê , Bella Del Mar, 8 hrs

Now when you are talking about YF Tuna like we are, Fluorocarbon leaders are a basic necessity if you are targeting Yellowfin Tuna of any size as I just mentioned. Many people know to ask for it, but asking for it seems simple enough and the answer will automatically be yes. But in Mexico you have to ask the second question that seems like it is unneeded like ¨How heavy a line are you using?¨ Now this is the correct fluorocarbon question, because the answer is most likely 400 lb leader. Now this is like running a telephone cable expecting it to be invisible in the water and do the job when it is impossible. So the follow-on questions are important and nothing should be taken for granted when negotiating a price. Or  use your regular guy if you are satisfied he is looking out for you and now only the money he is going to get!

The reason I am mentioning this is because I forgot, yes I forgot to tell you all this is important and noticed some clients heading out on a boat I was surprised they paid to get on.  They were heading out to Yelapa with reels that were WAY too big for the job and I notice heavy fluorocarbon leader. It was leaving the dock and it was too late to help them. I never burn people at the docks as they are going out. But when you are the only boat in the area not catching fish, then there is a reason and in this case it can´t be the fault of the captain, or is it? It is their responsibility to fix you up with the correct equipment, the correct bait and all the other stuff you pay for which is expensive any way you look at it.  So if you are focused only on your bottom line,  this that is where you will feel it, in the bottom as you kick yourself later!

Another very import ant question is when the bite is happening. Now every single captain and first mate that is heading out fishing will be able to tell you this with no hesitation at all, they know! Agents who are out for commissions only and don´t give a flip will tell you anything that will sell you a boat. This is why I mention the bite times in my articles along with other important information. Why, because if you are on a small boat for four hours, you at least want to make sure you are on the water for the correct four hours, don´t you?? Of course you do. If you put out clients for four hours and they come back to the dock before the bite happens, they will think there are no fish. No fish, what, this is Puerto Vallarta, there are always, always fish in PV.  So ask these questions and be a little more informed than the other guy and that happens by keeping your ear to the wind and eyes on the dock. If you can´t do that, then read my articles and I WILL give it to you straight amigos. My promise to you is to tell you when the fishing could be better. I will tell you when a short trip is a better deal than heading out fifty miles, like now! I hate the idea some ¨joker¨ who is such a ¨nice guy¨ sells you a bucket list dream just to be scammed. It reflects badly on a business made mostly of honest people who want to help you have a once in a lifetime experience. So listen, learn and be informed for your own sake and keep the wife off your back, which in some ways is the real pay off!

Thanks for reading. If you want to sign up for my weekly and biweekly post on my web site sign up for a subscription at: www.masterbaiters.wordpress.com and  you will receive a notice of when I post articles, pictures or other stuff you will want to know about….. on my blog that is. Origional and uncopied content will always be on my web page reports like this. On the docks sort of informat ion and inside fishing tricks are ear-marked for the blog. So now you know the difference now.

One more thing, they tell me this is not a good thing for me to do, but screw who ever had this attitude… If you are looking for a great  source of local information in English, I have a couple of sites I would like to recommend to you. First, The PV Mirror (www.pvmirror.com) , a local paper in the summer and an internet publication in the summer. They have local news and information along with interesting articles when it comes to what to do, see or go in Puerto Vallarta.  The other site is  The Banderas News site (www.banderasnews.com) where local events, news, services and just about  any thing else you could imagine is available on their site. B ot h publications have a heart and  support the locals in charities and benefits of all kinds around the area. If it is happening in town, you´ll find it in a refreshing format and in English, which helps with the language barrier amigos… !!

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The weather is perfect, the water is blue, tourists are coming back and the peso exchange rate is as good as I can remember. The only thing missing is you amigo.
Thanks for reading. If you want to sign up for my weekly and biweekly post on my web site sign up for a subscription at: http://www.masterbaiters.wordpress.com and you will receive a notice of when I post articles, pictures or other stuff you will want to know about…..

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

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

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

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!

 

 

Fish Pic of the Day: 9/11/2011 Magnifico and Family @ Los Arcos, 4 hrs for these!

Magnifico headed out with Capt. Cesar… below are a couple of pictures of their day.

Los Arcos is very close to Marina Vallarta and when people tell you there are no fish in the bay, show them these!

09 11 2011 Dorado At Los Arcos, Cesars Parents with dinner in their hands!

09 11 2011 Dorado At Los Arcos, Cesars Parents with dinner in their hands!

 

Magnifico Capt. Cesar with the family at los arcos

Magnifico Capt. Cesar with the family at los arcos

 

Master Baiter´s is running a special for  Sept where you and six of your friends can head out fishing for  four  hours and get these for

only $400.00 usd… six people max, this is a tournament ready boat at Economy Boat prices amigo… now what is your excuse. Price breakdown for longer time frames available on request….. Just email me….

 

Stan

Master Baiter´s Sportfishing and Tackle

Fish Porn (2), Safe 4 Your 12 Yr Old!

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

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

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

then fill the freezer…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Snapper On The Gaff

Snapper On The Gaff

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

Yellowfin Tuna, Marlin, Sailfish, Cubera Snappers, Corbeteña Explodes!

Yellowfin Tuna, Marlin, Sailfish, Cubera Snappers, Corbeteña Explodes!

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

We wait all year for August to bring with it Monster Yellowfin Tuna, Marlin, Sailfish and more. Those that have the money, the time and the inclination will find everything they are looking for when it comes to Trophy Gamefish here in Puerto Vallarta´s world famous fishing grounds. For the last three years we have been stuck with unusual weather conditions due to El Nino and the following year, last year, buy El Nina. Extreme water temperature fluctuations have subsided finally this year. As a result we are seeing places like Corbeteña, one of the hot spots for sure, explode with what serious Deep Sea or Sports fisherman are looking for. If you were asked to describe the perfect conditions you would hope to experience while going after huge Game Fish, then this is the time to be here in Puerto Vallarta! The only thing missing at our fishing grounds is you! High season for fishing has taken a great leap forward this week, so hang tight, the fishing just got great!

Cubera Snapper at Corbeteña

Cubera Snapper at Corbeteña

This week we have seen sleepy Corbeteña wake up and Roar!  Thirty five miles out from Marina Vallarta is Corbeteña, also referred to as the rock. With a rock in the middle, deep Chanels and volcanic structure Corbeteña is the most versatile fishing site we have in Puerto Vallarta. We have been seeing large numbers of Yellowfin Tuna in the 25 to 200lb range for weeks now, but getting them to take your bait was not easy. Changing baits every twenty minutes hoping to tease these elusive Yellowfin Tuna was work and no two baits would work twice in a row. Frustrating for sure, but this has changed. One good thing about fishing, it won´t be bad for long. My glass is always half full when it comes to fishing! Right now Yellowfin are finally taking Skippies. Skippies refer to Skip Jack Tuna or small Yellowfin Tuna and right now that   is about all they want. Now for some reason Dead bait (Skippies) are working well, in fact to be exact, fresh dead bullet Skippies of about five pounds and dead Google Eyes are your best option. Now lures are working also, but if you come across a boil a surface popper or surface Iron like a diamond jig will all work. So try those first before you go to kites and other methods of getting Yellowfin Tuna to come!

There is also larger Black and Blue Marlin hitting baits, but not exactly hitting every bait. Lots of Black Marlin strikes, but few being boated for some reason, we´ll blame the angler here. Once they are on the line, it is normally slack that is the reason they get away. So remember, tight lines are a common term, but a line with slack in it will result in spit hooks! And who goes out to lose Moby Dick? So keep the pressure on amigos, it will make the difference. Oh, Marlin are in the 450 t o 650 lb. range right now and will gradually increase in size as we sink deeper into the summer season. Stay tuned!

Sailfish, yes I said Sailfish are getting more abundant by the day. Corbeteña is full of them and they are running in the 95 to about 120lb range, large for Sailfish for sure! They are a lot late, but we`ll count our blessings and be glad we have them around. Same goes for bait with them, as with the Marlin and Yellowfin Tuna.

An unexpected surprise is the abundance of Cubera Snappers in the 60 to 80lb range. Now they love the volcanic structure around Corbeteña but will school and attack surface baits. They fight like a Sailfish, but taste much, much better. You bring some of that fish to Victors Café Te Cuba in Marina Vallarta, tell them Master Baiter´s Stan sent you and sit back,  You will have a meal cooked four or five different ways fresh off the boat . It doesn’t get any better than that amigos! Me, I would rather have Cubera Snapper for dinner, Sails, they need to be released for sure!

Yellowfin Tuna Monsters on High Maintenance

Yellowfin Tuna Monsters on High Maintenance

Noticeably absent is Dorado, why, who knows. Fish come and they go, but for now they are not hanging around the Rock. Now this will change twenty minutes after this article is written, but that is fishing for you. Keep your ears on and it won´t be but a few days and it will all change for the better on these species. If you are looking for these great tasting fish, I suggest in the bay and the 20 to 30 pounders if you are lucky enough to find them. Look for floating logs or anything smaller fish can hide and you will find Dorado… this will change soon so stay tuned.

The Marietta islands are being ignored. With Corbeteña, Punta Mita and the bay firing on all cylinders, there is little need to take a chance when there are some hot locations you don´t have to guess about. It all comes down to the fuel dollar and what you are willing to spend to find that finned fantasy of a life time! Decisions, decisions, but don´t ask the wife what you should spend your fuel money on, she`ll tell you a new purse for her!! Been there, done that, got the T-shirt!

Sundown at the fishing grounds

Sundown at the fishing grounds

I know I just spent some time discussing Corbeteña, but no mention of El Banco. The reason for that is I have no reports from El Banco! It may be every bit as good as Corbeteña, but it is farther out by 15 miles or so and with the cost of fuel getting more expensive by the day, 15 miles in and then double that for a round trip, you just saved yourself some dinero amigo! Always a concern in these days of shrinking fun money…. Or if you prefer, disposable income.

Another area I have not talked much about is the point off Punta Mita!  Normally by this time of the year this location is a Sailfish machine. Well it has been anything but a machine up until now, but this area has exploded as well. Sailfish are about seven miles off the point and they are abundant. For the guy with 8 hrs to spend, this is a perfect place to target! Same deal with bait, dead Skippies and Google eyes, as well as a few lures will get them striking all over the place. Just remember to release the babies, I don`t need to see any juvenile Sailfish or Marlin on the docks just for a picture, do that out there and release the babies. In case you have not heard diminishing populations of fish are not the result of the Sport fisherman, but we need to do our part and that starts with caring. That means when the captain kills the billfish, even if he knows you want to release the fish, then don´t tip him. He is coming in and planning on selling your fish to make ends meet which means you just subsidized his income and paid for his business day! Remember, it is illegal for sport fishing companies to sell fish commercially.

Sayulita and Guyavitos are seeing Rooster fish, but not in huge numbers. For those in the La Cruz marina or on the beaches in the Punta Mita area, it may be worth your time and effort.

Sailfish at  Punta Mita on Magnifico

Sailfish at Punta Mita on Magnifico

Inside the bay it is still Football season as in Football Yellowfin Tuna to 40lbs. Some days they are around the trash line, other days they are chasing bait around the bay. And still others are in the shallows or near structure like rock jetties. Bonito, Needle fish, Skip Jack Tuna and Dorado are in the bay as well. Anywhere between Cabo Corrientes and Punta Mita is alive with action so listen to the radio on the way out in the morning.

I know this article is on the positive side, but I have been waiting for conditions like this since February! Right now you will find blue water just three miles off the point of Punta Mita all the way to the deep water fishing grounds of Punta Mita and Corbeteña. I mean deep, deep blue! Water temperatures are great if not perfect at 86 degrees. When it rains in the morning or while fishing, the Yellowfin Tuna have been coming up to enjoy the ¨sweet¨ water and freshness of the cooler water on the surface. The rain hitting the water always gets fish excited. You see they think it is bait fish returning back into the water after trying to leap to safety! So they like the freshness, the temperature and they like to be fooled! Casting a surface popper will drive them Crazy to get to your bait. So keep this information handy and to yourself amigo. Rain is the fisherman’s friend so don`t let little things like rain keep you from boating that bucket list fish you always dreamed about!

So conditions are about as good as you will get in summer if you are interested in Big Game or Deep Sea fishing in Puerto Vallarta. Prices on charter boats are doing their best to hold even with the raising fuel cost like in the states. But losing money is no way to stay in business so I suggest making late summer reservations as soon as possible and lock in the better prices before everyone raises prices, including myself.

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

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

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

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

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