Welcome to the Banderas Bay Mixed Salad of Transitional Fishing or in real terms, WTF is going on out there?

Welcome to the Banderas Bay Mixed Salad of Transitional Fishing or in real terms, WTF is going on out there?  

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

Well HERE WE ARE AGAIN, me in front of my computer in Marina Vallarta looking out over the Yachts and Sportfishers trying to figure out how to explain what is happening out there, it comes down to two words: Mother Nature. Yes, she is in control as we see the La Nina effects bring winter fishing early to our World Famous Fishing Grounds of Puerto Vallarta. With fields of bait balls of Krill sized Squids, Shrimps and Tiny Sardines, basically Whale food,( the main reason they come to our bay to breed and play) fish are still hanging out in this abundant environment. The bite is a moving target with plenty of Yellowfin Tuna Footballs near Yelapa to be found, getting them to pay attention to your baits is another thing. Marlin, Tuna, Dorado, Sailfish in the deep water locations, we have it all. So hang tight, this useful information coming at you.

12 08 2011 Joe and Wife, Baruk, 8 hrs, Marietta Islands

12 08 2011 Joe and Wife, Baruk, 8 hrs, Marietta Islands

Ok, the action at El Banco is less than spectacular. My friend Ray took friends and family out to El Banco and boated a few 40 lb YF Footballs, no Marlin sighting and water temperatures were downright cold at 72 in some of the colder currents. And this is my only input from El Banco?!

Corbeteña is still alive with one again, off again action. It is iffy and if you are at the rock you have a decent shot at a smaller Black Marlin in the 250 lb range. Cubera Snapper are there as well around the 50lb range. Dorado running 45 lbs, Sailfish in the 100 inch size, Yellowfin Tuna can be anywhere from 60 to 150 lbs. The water is blue, but cool and the only reason any of these warm water species are still hanging in the area is the abundance of bait in the waiter. If you are thinking of hitting the rock looking for Billfish you better get out there while you still have a shot at these finned fantasies.

The Tres Maria Islands are alive with 250lb Yellowfin Monsters, but the islands have gotten tight with their regulations. The Tres Marias are prison Islands where they have been put ting these captured cartel guys. I head a few prisoners had jumped the island and were floating out to sea. Now a fishing boat can easily be an escape boat in their eyes quite easily. So if you are heading out this way, keep your Sh-t straight and stay the 15 miles off the island, even if t here are boils closer in. You wouldn´t want to be stuck and thrown in with the general population amigos. Ask Capt. Steven Torres (Anna Maria) who was quiet about being thrown in with these prisoners (with clients on board) as he pushed the envelope too many times. They shaved his head and held him for close to a week…. Many of those Bloody Decks type who think they are going to push the envelope learned that day to keep their envelope pushing somewhere else! Just like the Maximus the Bloody Decks boys push, same situation, no insurance, no fishing licenses, the permit they had to fish the islands were bogus and after the third time being warned, they finally got the idea. Or did they, they are pushing it again. So you´ve been warned…..

The islands are the place to be. El Morro to the Marietta Islands are alive with action of the Rooster Fish variety, right now! Running anywhere from 20 to 50 lbs, there arm breakers will not disappoint those looking for some light tackle action. Any shinny bait, poppers, Google eyes, these all are working well and will guarantee many hook-ups. All you need is eight hours and a fast Super Panga for this day on the water amigos! The Marietta Islands come with a little more action in the form of Sailfish, Snappers, Bonito, Dorado, Jack Crevalls, Sierra Mackerals, and the list goes on. For your  fishing buck this area is your best  bet .

12 06 2011 Joel, 6 hrs, Yellowfin, Bella Del Mar

12 06 2011 Joel, 6 hrs, Yellowfin, Bella Del Mar

Punta Mita is still producing Dorado, but much smaller and less abundant.  Sailfish are still about ten miles off the point and a little north of the Sayulita. If you are fishing out of La Cruz this may be worth your time and effort.

The bay is still producing fish or all sorts, Sierra Mackerals have taken over the bay and are everywhere you will be. So you don´t really have to hunt for these speckled beauties that are normally in the 10 to 20 lb range. They taste great and are wonderful for younger anglers. If you are looking for the Football Yellowfin Tuna, then you need to be patient amigo. With  the full moon we saw the bite erratic in the mornings and stronger in the afternoon.  Remember there is no reason you can`t take a Super Panga out in the afternoon and catch the late bite amigos, especially now when it is the best time to fish! Remember I have a Super Panga with a head for privacy for the ladies. The Footballs are there, no trouble finding them, but with all the whale food in the bay they are chowing down on this Krill and if you are running smaller squid baits, then you have a shot. My suggestion, if you want some morning action, be out of the Marina before 6 a.m.. You may find the bit e has ended before 11 a.m. For short times on the water you want to keep up with what the bite is like or you may just find yourself missing it completely.

Now that we hav e seen some very cold currents moving into the area we have officially moved into winter fishing and all that entails. The Yellowfin will only be around for a few more weeks at most. The Black Marlin are barely there as it is.  We should be seeing more Striped Marlin, but then again who knows. They like cooler water, so the conditions are rite for them. With  water temperatures at 72 degrees we seldom see cooler temperatures than that here. So it will be in teresting to watch and see if they dip any further, which is very possible. So keep an eye on the bite, the water temperatures and what is coming in on the docks. The fishing is great if you know the facts amigo….

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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Master Baiter´s Fish Porn. . Safe for your 12 Yr Old

I have been receiving more request for more Master Baiter´s Fish Porn, Safe For Your 12 Yr Old  . . .  So Here are some recent photos, old photos, photos you may have seen before, but here they are again….

08 18 2011 Matt Miller.Capt Tory, Rooster fish 59´`

08 18 2011 Matt Miller.Capt Tory, Rooster fish 59´`

Great Day On Magnifico as  Flags go up

Great Day On Magnifico as Flags go up

06 17 2011 Michelle Stewart Crosby with Yellowfin Tuna, El Banco, Animal House

06 17 2011 Michelle Stewart Crosby with Yellowfin Tuna, El Banco, Animal House

Michelle  and her friend Ed McClintoc went fishing with us and came in with Yellowfin Football Tuna caught  at  El Banco in June.. Michele is a facebook  friend now and I love to post her pictures…..

 

09 15 2011 300lb Black Marlin, Magnifico, Corbeteña

09 15 2011 300lb Black Marlin, Magnifico, Corbeteña

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

10  25 2011 Yellowfin Tuna, Dominic Beer and friends, Animal House

10 25 2011 Yellowfin Tuna, Dominic Beer and friends, Animal House

10 7 2011 Zwlema Saldivar, Dorado, Bella Del Mar, 6hrs

10 7 2011 Zwlema Saldivar, Dorado, Bella Del Mar, 6hrs

Dorado at Punta Mita, Magnifico, October 28, 2011

Dorado at Punta Mita, Magnifico, October 28, 2011

10 4 2011 Robert Bryant Marlin, Corbeteña, Magnifico,

10 4 2011 Robert Bryant Marlin, Corbeteña, Magnifico,

Here are a few from days gone by, but still impressive…..

Monster Yellowfin Tuna, 400 lbs + !! Should have been a Mexican Record !!

Monster Yellowfin Tuna, 400 lbs + !! Should have been a Mexican Record !!

 3 Monsters and a College Student over 6 ft tall!

3 Monsters and a College Student over 6 ft tall!

The kid above used to come to Vallarta Every August where his parents would pay for him to head out for Monsters like these. I  remember him fishing with us for the four  years he was in college… Don´t  see days like this very often any more!

A Great Day By Any Measure.....

A Great Day By Any Measure.....

 

Ok, I hope you all enjoy these… More to come…. Go to my facebook site and be a friend at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325  or just search Facebook for Master Baiters Sportfishing &  Tackle.. ¨Like¨ me and this will come to you automatically!

 

Take care and enjoy your Fish Porn !

Stan

MasterBaiters.com.mx

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.

 

Cold Water Conditions / Species Indicate Early Winter is upon PV Fishing

Cold Water Conditions / Species Indicate Early Winter is upon PV Fishing

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

Everywhere you go you see and feel the seasons change. The mornings now are cool to the point of wearing long sleeved T-shirts as I send boats and clients out on their shot at a finned fantasy.  The Cruise ships are back, Escapees from cold weather conditions are finally in Marina Vallarta. There has been some hot and cold Marlin conditions, nothing much over five hundred pounds. Sierra Mackerals arriving in large numbers are an early indication of cold water arriving. Jack Crevalls are more abundant by the day. Rooster Fish are picking up around the usual locations. Bullets (baby Bonito) are magic as bait, the Sun is shining, the dollar is strong and Life is Good in Puerto Vallarta Amigos.

Again, It looks like we are going to be seeing some early winter changes in our local fishing. Like I mentioned in the last couple of reports the La Nina Condition continues as we see the winter fish move into the area. This is not a bad thing, just a too early thing for many of us. Last week with the 56th Annual Pez Vela Tournament we saw some serious difficulty bringing in sizeable game fish. The winning Marlin was only 218 Kilos or 450 lbs, not to mention the winning Dorado was only 25lbs. For some unknown reason the tournament every year is scheduled during the full moon although this only really affects the Yellowfin Tuna Bite. During the tournament if you were at the Rock or Corbeteña after 4:30 local anglers were boating 250lb Yellowfin, bigger than any YF Tuna in the tournament ¨running¨, but that was because the Rock is at least 90 minutes back to the Marina which means there is not time to hit the bite (the strong bite now) late and be back in time to win the tournament! Many boats coming in around seven in the evening had 250 lb YFTuna onboard, yet the YF Tuna in the tournaments were under 200 lbs because they were primarily caught in the morning. My friend Tom off KoKomo won the tournament again this year on Yellowfin and this is no surprise. For you guys who are really serious about tournament fishing, then a giant 60 ft Winnebago is not for you. Tom has a 32ft Boston Whaler with dos Yamaha 300`s. Now this boy won the Tuna Category because he had the time to hit the bite, boat the fish and get back under the gun since his boat will do 70 mph easy! He is there first, and he is there when the other floating motor homes are chugging in at a blistering 25 mph pace. Tom took second last year, first this year and is always in the running. Something to think about when you get a boat. Now Tom does not have A/C and a whole lot of shade, nope, he has his juice in the boat and the motors. Of course the boat did not real in or find the fish. That is the rest of the equation, but the boat is a big part of what happens in competition amigos!

Dorado City with  Nathan Howard, Jim Hughes, Ric Robinson, Bruce Anderson,

Dorado City with Nathan Howard, Jim Hughes, Ric Robinson, Bruce Anderson,

El Banco, I will tell you I have never seen El Banco D.O.A. before in all my years. It just really never came together for El Banco this year. Don´t ask me why, the conditions were generally every bit as good as Corbeteña. Go figure…. Last week there were Black Marlin around the rim, but that was a few days ago and I have no news since them … no clients heading that way either, stay tuned!

If you are in the right place at the right time, right now that is still Corbeteña, you can still get big fish. Marlin in the 500lb range, Yellowfin Tuna in the 150 to 250lb range if you h it the bite right and have the right bait. Which means the bite has moved to more mid day and the Bullet or Baby Bonito about 8 inches in length are the ¨magic baits¨ right now… keep this secret handy. Sailfish and Dorado which are diminishing in numbers as the days go by. But the good news is they are still large and hungry. One thing to keep an eye open for would be Wahoo.  There is a finger jutting of the Rock that these highly desirable fish hang out around. Now these are not schooling fish, so if you are targeting Wahoo have wire leaders and wire / cable riggings in you lures.

Amazingly the Marietta Islands are coming to life, Sailfish, Rooster fish, Dorado, Snappers, did I say Rooster fish? The action is picking up nicely and the distance only requires an eight hour day. The Marietta´s will be one of the hot spots as we enter winter.

The points are still doing well, but it can be hot and cold. Several boats that have headed out these directions can come in with a bunch of fish or nothing… This is why an eight hour day is preferable since it gives you time to find fish if they don´t pay attention and stay where they are supposed to! Dorado are still reasonably sized if you come across them. Still if you can find a floating object of some sort this always helps. One thing that many ignore is the abundance of Rooster Fish in the 30 pound range up at Punta Mita. Now they are also at the M arietta Islands, so this location is not exclusive to this species amigos.

The amazing thing this week is the fact that there are some great sized Yellowfin Footballs well worth a four hour trip off Yelapa! My beautiful pangas are priced to get the guy on a budget out on the water. At $195.00 dollars for up to three people you can get some great action and maybe something for the dinner table. Like the Yellowfin Football pictured. You don´t have to spend a fortune to have some fun, but you do have to k now what is happening and where the action is, that´s my job, no worries there. As far as a budget boat goes, this is as cheap as they come for a well equipped boat, with a professional at the helm. Of course I have many, many options, just let me k now what you are thinking and we´ll make it happen. So if you have a creative idea, bounce it off me and lets see if it ¨floats¨….

35 lb Yellowfin Football Tuna, 11 18 2011 4 hrs, Mr Sweeny Party

35 lb Yellowfin Football Tuna, 11 18 2011 4 hrs, Mr Sweeny Party

For those of you who asked me to repost the information about the La Nina we are experiencing, a second time in two years, then you can find all sorts if helpful and educational information at the following two links: http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2011/20110908_lanina.html and http://www.elnino.noaa.gov/lanina_new_faq.html

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…..

For those of you looking for local news, I suggest two different online places, One is: Banderas News (www.banderasnews.com ) and the other is the PV Mirror (published in town and online here: (www.PVmirror.com ) … Both are outstanding publications that you can access online to receive the latest and greatest in Puerto Vallarta´s daily activities and news on Mexico.

They tell me it is a bad thing to put links to other people in my articles…. Oh well…

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.

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!

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Volatile Weather, Incredible Fishing, It´s All Part of the Package When Fishing in Puerto Vallarta

Volatile Weather, Incredible Fishing, It´s All Part of the Package When Fishing in Puerto Vallarta

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

It ´s seven o’clock in the morning and it`s 77 degrees, feels like 82 with 92 % humidity, we have a threat of a Hurricane and Puerto Vallarta is nervous. But this doesn´t keep the hardcore fisherman types who came down to catch a finned fantasy from heading out to Corbeteña. In fact I have not seen this many boats heading out at one time in the mornings from Marina Vallarta in months. Conditions are perfect and here are tons of world class game fish to choose from. Now is the time to be in Vallarta, well maybe after the impending storm, but immediately after, no matter what the town is like, the fish will be out there waiting for the first to arrive with something interesting in the form of Karnada (or bait in English) being presented to them.

Robert Bryant Blue Marlin, Corbeteña, Fishing on Magnifico

Robert Bryant Blue Marlin, Corbeteña, Fishing on Magnifico

For the last couple of weeks there has been so many Sardines at the fishing grounds it has been a challenge to get fish to turn their heads. But even with all the Sardines the Yellowfin Tuna, Marlin, etc have been going after Google Eyes, go figure. Knowing this can give you a leg up, but you have to be out there for this information to be of any use. As we entered October, the best time of the year to fish Puerto Vallarta´s world class fishing grounds, people start to show up. Those in the know anyway, those looking to boat a Monster Yellowfin or Huge Marlin. Welcome to Puerto Vallarta´s high season for fishing, anything is possible from now to the end of the year!

We keep waiting and waiting for El Banco to turn into the machine it normally is and has been for the past hundred years or so. We´re still waiting. Those heading to El Banco recently found Yellowfin Tuna in the 60 to 120 lb range, but they had to work and wait for them. I should mention that there have been some 250 pounders (Monsters) out there boated as well, but they were late, late in the day as the sun was going down. They were picky, using a kite was the trick to entice this Monsters up! You see the bite is still happening before 11:00 a.m. and after 4:00 P.M. which means the middle of the day for a week or so now is dead, dead, dead! In the bay it´s a little different, but more about that later… For now with the extra fuel cost, distance and of course time you have better options. Not many heading out in this direction and those heading to El Banco looking for some action would be better suited to take a late afternoon trip and anchor on the high spots over night. This way you can catch the evening bite and the early morning bite without the waiting in the mid day sun! Of course this is a little more expensive, but it is a kick to be on the ocean in the evening with the stars out in full force! Something to think about. For now I don´t know what the deal is, but sooner or later El Banco is going to explode, stay tuned.

 Zwlema Saldivar, Dorado, Bella Del Mar, 6hrs

Zwlema Saldivar, Dorado, Bella Del Mar, 6hrs

Once again Corbeteña is the place to be. We had a few days where the Yellowfin Tuna kind of disappeared, but where ever they went, they are back now. With the YF Tuna running between 60 and 160 lbs they may not be Monsters, but they are still YF Tuna which means a sixty pound fish can still tear your arms off. Many Black Marlin here as well, but for the most part they have been disappointingly small in the 250 to 400 lb range. There have been some larger Marlin boated but I have not seen them personally. Sailfish, Dorado and Cubera Snappers round out the picture. Magnifico came in the other day where clients hooked into two Blue Marlin, Two Sailfish and two nice sized Dorado.  Not a bad day, but again this all happened for the most part before 1:00 in the afternoon!

For a few days this week the point off Punta Mita, which was producing very large Dorado calmed down and the Dorado got down-right small. But that was just a hick-up and the area off the point is still alive with action. Sailfish are still thick in the 85 to 100 lb range, good size for Sailfish. Dorado are in the 20 to 35 lb range, not huge, but not bad either. Rooster fish have faded out for some reason, but if you are around the reef at Anclote, give it a try.

You may have noticed I have not been saying much about the Marietta islands. For some reason the place is less than exciting for the last several weeks.  Those heading out to the islands thinking they are zigging when others are zagging are finding out they would have been better off at Punta Mita or off Cabo Corrientes. For now, if you want to give the Islands a shot, I would do it on the way back from Corbeteña. But then again, if you hit Corbeteña why would you stop here? Better yet, just wait until something happens out there. If you are out there snorkeling then you may want to put a line out. Small Snappers, Dorado, Needle Fish, Bonito, Skip jacks are the regular players here with an off chance of a Rooster Fish for the lucky. Again for now, other options are available to you.

One of those options would be the southern point of the bay. Cabo Corrientes has for some reason been hot and cold. You know what that means, you may find yourself pulling your hair out in frustration. For now anywhere between the Corrientes point and El Morro is the land of possibilities. Those venturing out to this area are coming in with nice sized Dorado in the 25 lb range, Football Tuna in the 35 lb range and smaller Sailfish and yes, possibly a small Marlin. For an eight hour day, you have some nice options between this location and Punta Mita. Keep your ears on and make a decision from the previous days reports, before heading out.

You know it´s funny, there are times when you can head out to a place like El Banco or The Bank, a twelve hour trip, just to find better fishing in the bay. There were days this week where this was the exact case. Anglers coming back into Marina Vallarta found they could boat their limit of fair sized Dorado and Football YF Tuna just a few miles out of the Marina. Go figure! With the rainy season coming to an end it won´t be long before the trash line in the bay is a thing of the past,k at least until next summer. Those looking for short days with plenty of action may find themselves with small Sailfish strikes as well. The bay is so full of bait it is drawing in Billfish where we normally would not see any. So don´t be told there are no fish in the bay.

We are seeing more and more people arrive in Puerto Vallarta now, the fishing is outstanding and we have a couple of tournaments worth mentioning. The Hooked on a Cure tournament takes place this coming week and handled by Kim and Ed from Charter Dreams Sportfishing (http://www.charterdreams.com for details). A small tournament that has quite a following which supports Cystic Fibrosis research, Ed and Kim have more information. Also remember the Pez Vela Tournament, Puerto Vallarta´s largest and oldest tournament happens on the 9th through the 12th this November and with the conditions as they have been we are expecting a great turn out (http://fishvallarta.com)! Magnifico is still available for this tournament and we are keeping the prices down as we always do. If interested let me know, Magnifico has carried the winner of this tournament in the past and will again in the future. Maybe it will be you next time! For more info on prices etc contact me at: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx

Well that´s the latest and greatest for now. Remember you can always pick up the locals information on what is happening in Puerto Vallarta´s fishing grounds and information like Hurricane activities by going to my blog at: www.masterbaiters.wordpress.com . There is plenty on Hurricane Jova right now and if you have a boat in Puerto Vallarta or the area it may be a good idea for you to subscribe to it so you get this sort of information in your mail box. Fish pictures, updates, inside information, if you are interested then check it out. It´s free and user friendly with years of past articles to refer back to.

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