Yellowfin Tuna at Corbeteña, El Banco Craps Out, Perfect October Fishing in PV!

Yellowfin Tuna at Corbeteña, El Banco Craps Out, Perfect October Fishing in PV! 

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

I was hoping the few days after Hurricane Jove would push some much desired game fish to El Banco and it looked like this was going to be a jump start for this normally producing location. But his year El Banco has been anything but productive by any yard stick. T here were a few days after hurricane Jove passed by that were good, but that was short lived. Now the action is back at Corbeteña and what is happening now is the stuff finned fantasies are made of! Yellowfin Tuna, Blue Marlin, Big Dorado, Sailfish, Cubera Snappers, I mean the Rock is Rockin for sure. People always ask me when the best time to be in Puerto Vallarta is? My answer is always the same, NOW! That´s right amigos, you are looking at the best time of the year to catch a Bucket List, Monster Finned Fantasy in our world famous fishing grounds of Puerto Vallarta. Welcome to Tournament Season amigos, the game is on!

 Yellowfin Tuna @ Crobetena on Izak wCapt. Richard

Yellowfin Tuna @ Crobetena on Izak wCapt. Richard

Let´s just start with El Banco or The Bank as it is also commonly called. Now remember everything can change before I finish this article, but for my money, there is no reason to head out to El Banco, none. The fish you will find there are Sailfish, Maybe some Marlin, come Cubera Snappers (aka Dog Tooth Pargo) and football sized Yellowfin Tuna. Essentially the Footballs are bait for Corbeteña. For the next ten minutes (or so) heading to Corbeteña is your smartest move. There, I said it and I am sticking with it. Corbeteña Yes, El Banco, No. Enough Said. Update 10/19/ 2011 all of a sudden El Banco explodes with Yellowfin Tuna and larger Black Marlin. Like I said earlier in the article, before I could post it, things changed! Plenty of live bait and by that I mean full sized Chorra (any kind of bait including t he following), Skip Jack Tuna, Bonito and Sardines like nuts now!

Sailfish off Punta Mita Point

Sailfish off Punta Mita Point

 

Now Corbeteña has turned into the fishing ¨promise land¨ as late. Marlin is kinda sparse here right now, with most of the Marlin in the area between the rock and El Morro. Lots of Blue Marlin in the 500 lb range hanging out there looking for a live Skippie (aka SkipJack Tuna) or bullet Tuna / Bonito.  Dorado are huge with some in the 50lb range, Cubera Snappers are in the 60lb range, Sailfish are large and in tournament winning size ranges. Yellowfin tuna in the 160 lb range (several over 200lbs). I mean what more could you want for perfect fishing conditions? Plenty of bait, blue water, perfect water temperatures in the 84 degrees range. It is all coming together here and now. If you are heading out of the bay keep your ears open about El Banco, but plan on Corbeteña.

Both the points off Cabo Corrientes and Punta Mita are doing well with plenty of Dorado and nice sized Sailfish as you may expect for this time of the year. In fact normally we have a heavy season for Sailfish once the middle of October arrives. It´s just their pattern and many times these days with all the bait in the bay, they will come in and take advantage of the abundant bait fish. Between Cabo Corrientes and El Morro is fertile territory for these beauties. Which site is better, it depends on the day, so keep your ears on amigos.

The bay is insane with great fishing. Now four hour trips are producing well. But on a super panga for two more hours it will only cost you 50 bucks… and for six yours you can expect to limit out on everything. Yes I know nobody enforces the regulations yet, but you know what I mean. Remember to throw w the female Dorado back for obvious reasons. One dead female is like killing a small school of fish, remember that when you start keeping the females amigos.

I have been keeping a keen eye on the water temperatures as late and they are hanging in the area we would prefer in the 84 to 86 degree range. With NOAA declaring this another La Nina Year, very rare, we are expecting the same weather patterns as last year as well. But with a little luck it will be a mild la Nina year and we will see winter set in around normal. What does this mean to you if you are coming down in December and early January, well it means there should still be very large gamefish at the deep water fishing grounds. For the seasonal traveler or Holiday traveler this means you will have cool weather in PV and you will have hot fishing. I see this as a good thing since everyone wants to catch Moby Dick if they can. But remember Marlin at rare times will come into the bay, but almost never. You need longer distances to get larger fish in PV. Keep this in mind so you don´t get into some situation where you pay for something you would never have a chance to catch.

 

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

As the oldest fishing company in Puerto Vallarta and the only company with any World Recognized Fishing Championships like the WBS Billfishing Series Grand Champions (2000 and 2001) under our belt. 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.

 

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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.

Yellowfin Tuna, Sailfish, Marlin Abundant, Deserted Fishing Grounds!

 Yellowfin Tuna, Sailfish, Marlin Abundant, Deserted Fishing Grounds!

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

As we move deeper into summer we see conditions to improve as expected in Puerto Vallarta´s world famous fishing grounds. Marlin, Sailfish, Yellowfin Tuna are still abundant and increasing by the day. But this is fishing and while it may seem like fishing in a bucket not everyday is the stuff dreams are made of. With more and more bait choices for these fish it is hard to keep up with what they are striking. This is normally important information since we all can keep a finger on the pulse of fishing when several boats head out daily. But that is not the case and while we know the fishing is great, fewer reports means we´re on a fishing safari looking for Big Game fish daily.. Stay tuned!

Big Black Marlin at Corbeteña and El Banco

Big Black Marlin at Corbeteña and El Banco

The recent and sketchy rains have keep the bay full of mostly dirty water, which of course most fish are not too fond of. But there is with the dirty water a trash line. I know I make the trash line sound like it is fishing in a bucket as well and it can be. But for those again who go out often, not every time is going to be fantastic. Especially if it is a few days old. But if you suspect there are fish and they are not taking your bait a simple trick you can use is to open single sheets of newspaper and spread it on top of the water. It will float and create an artificial floating structure that will attract fish and could help. This is an old Florida Trick and worth keeping in your back pocket. This is if you are looking for Dorado and can´t get a bite, give this a try. Yet there are still Yellowfin Tuna Footballs in front of Yelapa and around the blue water spots in the bay. Near the points the water is normally blue, so give Cabo Corrientes and Punta Mita at the opposite ends of the bay a shot. Jack Crevalls are still around, Dorado, Football Tuna, Needle fish, and more are in the bay. If you are at the points of Punta Mita and Cabo Corrientes there is a 75% chance you will hook into a Sailfish. For a short day if you can find clean water you will have a great day. My suggestion is take at least six hours which will get you to the area around the points. You´ll come in happy.

Another thing to remember when fishing in the bay, the dirty water is many times only on the surface or a few feet thick. If this is the case then using a plainer that will get the bait down into cleaner water  which can mean the difference between coming in with dinner or your hat in hand. Just run smaller baits and see what happens.

El Morro and the Marietta islands are still about the same. Dorado, some Sailfish, Bonito, Skip Jack Tuna, Needle fish, Jack Crevalls are all possibilities. Most people heading out for eight hours are hitting the point off Punta Mita up to Guyavitos where you`ll find nice sized Dorado to 35 lbs, Rooster Fish around Anclote the reef off Sayulita. Sailfish are about five to ten miles off the point as well so this area has been the main choice for those targeting the fish mentioned. No worry about bait, Google Eyes, Lures, Skippies, they are still working. But you may find what worked yesterday is not working today. Also there have been a lot of small shrimps and squids moving into the area. Be sure to run baits that mimic them on at least one line…

Yellowfin at El Banco on Magnifico

Yellowfin at El Banco on Magnifico

The Primary deep water, Deep sea fishing locations of El Banco and Corbeteña are still working well. El Banco is showing many Yellowfin Tuna in the 70 to 120 lb range and some larger ones in the 200 lb range. Sailfish are here as well, naturally. Dorado are in and out, but when they are in they are in the 35 to 50 lb range, it just depends on your luck. For the most part the last two weeks for some reason have seen the action focused from seven to ten miles south west of the high spots. Don´t ask why, just get out there! Cubera Snappers have been more plentiful lately, so this is a very flexible location for those looking for the biggest fish in the area. Good Luck and look for me out there with you as well…

Corbeteña, the most consistent location has had days with some 200 pound Yellowfin Tuna one day, the next you couldn´t get a YF Tuna to look at whatever you presented. Big fish eating tiny little krill squids have been causing some headaches, for fisherman that is!

Just like the economy and the stock market in the United States the fishing industry, not only in Puerto Vallarta is taking it hard. Three years ago I was one of among more than twenty five fair and honest fishing companies that owned and operated their own boats. Today there is less than a handful and they are the survivors. Just like up north there was too much euphoria. Too many people jumped in when the free money was flying around and now they all went belly up. Many companies that used to be reputable are now timeshare locations. The guy walking around or hounding you with stupid jokes is not a fishing company, hell he doesn’t know anything about what is happening in the bay and will tell you whatever you want to hear. So make sure you get references from friends or go with people who will tell you the truth and do yourself a favor upfront . Remember you never worry about what paid for a thing unless that thing did not deliver what was promised.

Cubera Snapper and Dorado with my friend  Robert Bryant of Virgina

Cubera Snapper and Dorado with my friend Robert Bryant of Virgina

Water conditions are still where they should be. There is plenty of bait in all locations so making bait is no problem. Plenty of fish and plenty of blue water out past the points. The only thing missing at the fishing grounds are fisherman. Now I understand the news is putting out crap that would make you think you will die if you cross the border, but we all know this is not the case. But it looks like the news will not stop putting out these bold face lies. So I am going to continue to enjoy deserted fishing grounds and keep as much Tuna as I can get. Frankly it´s a real luxury to be able to fish Corbeteña with no other boats coming in too close and cutting your lines. If you are lucky enough to be here, all the fish that are out there are potentially yours, or mine as the case may be. In fact I am looking for plastic Machetes to give away with each T-shirt I sell. Why not make a joke of it? I will say something like ¨I lost my head at Master Baiter`s¨ .. let me know if you have any ideas!

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

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

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

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

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

 

Fish Porn (2), Safe 4 Your 12 Yr Old!

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

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

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

then fill the freezer…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Snapper On The Gaff

Snapper On The Gaff

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

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

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

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

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

Dorado in the bay... Robert Dunn Party

Dorado in the bay... Robert Dunn Party

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Fishing in Puerto Vallarta, Marlin, Tuna and Sailfish Waiting For You Now!

Fishing in Puerto Vallarta, Marlin, Tuna and Sailfish Waiting For You Now!

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

We have arrived at that time of the year where those looking for world class game fish like Marlin, Sailfish, Dorado and of course Yellowfin Tuna can find what they`re looking for! It doesn`t matter what you have in mind, they are out there right now. With perfect conditions, perfect water temperatures and perfect bait conditions the lucky ones heading out are coming in tired, happy and all smiles! High Season for fishing is here, are you ready to have the time of your life, then hang in there, I´ll tell you what you need to know amigos!

Jerry Dalebout and crew on Tournament winnier Animal House wCapt. Luis

Jerry Dalebout and crew on Tournament winnier Animal House wCapt. Luis

Lets start with El Banco, there is every fish you could hope to find here. Like all things there is always an upside and a down side. The down side this week, just like last week is if you can get them to take your bait! Normally we see one or maybe two specific types of bait that are prevalent at any given time as the different types of baits move into the area and out of the area. But right now there are all kinds of bait type fish in and around the bay. This means that running just live bait is not your best option and I don`t know what is! At El Banco or The Bank in English, you need to be running four combinations at least! Yellowfin Tuna and Black Marlin are both being choosy, not finicky or fickle. Surface Poppers, Cedar Plugs, Lures, Live bait, Rapallas, you name it, run it, it may get a strike. That is the hard part or the down side. The up side is of course there are some big fish, even for early summer season fishing.  Yellowfin Tuna have been ranging anywhere from 20 lbs to 200 lbs. Black Marlin are in the 400 to 500 lb range, which sounds like a huge fish, but for Marlin are not huge by any means. Sailfish are a little scarce, but they are here and will take baits as well. Dorado have been exceptionally large the last few days running anywhere from 25 to 45lbs. Again, it all comes down to what baits you are running and what they are in the mood to hit. So the secret is not to leave any one thing that is not working on for too long. One last thing on The Bank, don´t be afraid to venture out from the high spots, many times miles off the high spots are very productive! Hey, it´s fishing, anything is possible and most likely probable.

Corbeteña is about the same as El Banco. Marlin, Sailfish, Yellowfin Tuna and Dorado all about the same size and situation. The best action has been happening in the area five to ten miles around the rock. You may find fish on top of the rock itself, but you will be there with others, which is not always a good thing. But the water is blue, and the conditions are great here as well. Normally El Banco and Corbeteña have the same fish, but some days El Banco is better than Corbeteña. So keep your ears on and listen for the action while on the water. If you don`t speak Spanish, ask your captain, he will fill you in!

Yellowfin Tuna Footballs and Return client Shannon Trahan (middle), Bella Del mar,

Yellowfin Tuna Footballs and Return client Shannon Trahan (middle), Bella Del mar,

The Marietta Islands have been all but neglected and frankly there are better spots to head to in 8 hrs. Cabo Corrientes, the southernmost point of the Banderas Bay is still alive and kicking and has been for several weeks now. Sailfish have been around the area, but with very few heading out these days the report information is sparse at best. Yellowfin Tuna in the 15 to 40lb range are here as well. Not much in the way of Dorado here for some reason, but there you are.

The Bay this week is the place once again to be. In front of Yelapa there have been Dorado feeding off the organic materials in the water and of f the trash line. They are mostly in the 20 lb range which is a nice size for them.  There is also Football Yellowfin Tuna anywhere from the point to Yelapa. Again, remember fish move so be flexible in the area you are trolling and you`ll find the bay in my opinion your best option as far as fish for your fuel dollar goes. There are even small Sailfish in the area, but please throw the babies back….

On the other side of the bay, Nuevo Vallarta has had all kinds of action when it comes to 20 to 45 lb Yellowfin Tuna amigos. But again, just about anywhere in the bay can be explosive. The point is doing well, but why head out to Punta Mita if you can find the same sorts of fish closer and many times larger than farther out. Remember my goal is not to get you on an expensive boat, but in the know when looking for a fishing boat for sure. So be informed, be armed!

 Marina Vallarta Sunset with El Faro Bar prominent

Marina Vallarta Sunset with El Faro Bar prominent

It´s no secret what the press is writing about in the States when it comes to Mexico. You hear how this cruise line stopped coming to Puerto Vallarta because of the dangerous conditions. Yet the Cruise line has not stopped it´s operation even after it´s false comments, yet that doesn´t make the news! You hear how dangerous it is in Mexico, yet there are no danger or caution warnings from the American Consulate in Jalisco, the largest state in Mexico. The H1N1 flue scare where America and the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) announced a flu epidemic you would most likely die from was all a fabrication by the W.H.O. and the American Press who went and flew off the handle and screamed the Sky Was Falling in Mexico.  In fact the flu ¨Pandemic¨ started in Los Angeles, funny how nobody was warned to stay out of the states. But in a nut shell, the propaganda is killing the fishing business in Puerto Vallarta. As I read this horrible and over run articles by people with an agenda, I can´t believe how the press gets away with printing editorialized fiction. So for the record, Puerto Vallarta and 90% of the country is safe for anyone who isn`t looking to get into the drug trade. You wouldn´t walk at midnight in the worst part or your city, why would you look for trouble. In Puerto Vallarta, Cabo, Cancun and other areas you are perfectly safe. Just ask those who were afraid to come, came and they couldn´t understand the commotion in the press…. Ok, if you have a question relative to your safety, call or email me. I live in a place where the press would tell you I am going to die. I live in a city that the cruise ship lines would have you believe is dangerous, but in fact the tourism trade is so bad here now that they can`t operate to locations like PV. Yet the Mexican Nationals are not detoured in the least. Trust me, the love their families as much as you or any other parent! So take this information, process it and then do some of your own research on what is happening in Mexico. To be honest, I feel safer in Mexico than I do in Los Angeles when I head back home to visit. OK, I will get off my soapbox now…..

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

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

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

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

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

Yellowfin Tuna Everywhere, Patience Pays Off, Sailfish at Yelapa

Yellowfin Tuna Everywhere, Patience Pays Off, Sailfish at Yelapa

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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