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

Hey There….

 

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

Dorado at Corbeteña....

Dorado at Corbeteña....

 

 Lisa Frick Dorado in the bay

Lisa Frick Dorado in the bay

 

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

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

 

 Casey Hocker fishon1

Casey Hocker fishon1

 

 Casey Hocker caseytuna

Casey Hocker caseytuna

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

 Sunrisepv Casey Hocker, 8 hrs, Cabo Corrientes

Sunrisepv Casey Hocker, 8 hrs, Cabo Corrientes

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

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

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

 

Yelowfin  Tuna at the Dock

Yelowfin Tuna at the Dock

 

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

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

 

Zev and his huge Yellowfin Tuna, Marlin!

Zev and his huge Yellowfin Tuna, Marlin!

 

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

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

Written by Stan Gabruk

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

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

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

 

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

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

Habitat

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

Schooling Yellowfin Tuna

Schooling Yellowfin Tuna

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

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

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

Distinctive Features

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

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

 

Coloration

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

 

Size, Age, and Growth

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

 

Food Habits

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

 

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

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

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

                                                                                     (NOAA Tech Memo NMFS-SEFC-240)
Parasites

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

Written by Stan Gabruk

 

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

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

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

Black Marlin 300+ lbs, Magnifico, Corbeteña

Black Marlin 300+ lbs, Magnifico, Corbeteña

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

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

Dorado At  Punta Mita, Dinner hanging!

Dorado At Punta Mita, Dinner hanging!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Magnifico Capt. Cesar with the family at los arcos

Magnifico Capt. Cesar with the family at los arcos

 

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

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

 

Stan

Master Baiter´s Sportfishing and Tackle

My Mexico, A Resident’s View on life, safety and Living in Puerto Vallarta

My Mexico, A Resident’s View on life, safety and Living in Puerto Vallarta

Written by Stan Gabruk, owner Master Baiter´s Sportfishing and Tackle (www.masterbaiters.com.mx)

I have lived in Puerto Vallarta now for about ten years and change now. I am constantly asked if Mexico is a safe place to live. Now I have not lived in many places in Mexico, only Puerto Vallarta in Marina Vallarta mostly. It´s an isolated pocket where mostly Americans and Canadians own homes / condos.  There is also a large number of Mexican owners as well, with the vast majority of the Mansions in Marina Vallarta owned by Mexican Nationals as you should expect.  The popular misconception that All Mexicans are broke and have no money is a promoted misconception. Mexicans have money. One look around at the cars traveling down the road is an indication that Puerto Vallarta is Mexicos Palm Beach!

People here live their daily lives like people in North America, they go to work, pay their bills, raise their families and try to squeeze as much out of life as we all do.  Puerto Vallarta has grown dramatically in the last ten years. The flow of money was steady and strong.  North Americans have been steadily visiting Puerto Vallarta since the mid 60´s, but it was the Bubble Days when Free Money was there for the taking in the states that has created what we now know as PV.  Puerto Vallarta Grew and Grew and then got more expensive.  Life was good, everyone was making money, the bubble was growing and  the money machine was in full swing.

During this time there was never any talk in the American press of Drug Cartels, or how Mexico is more dangerous than Iraq as the American press quotes quite often. But the politics of the time started talking about how there was crime in Mexico. Now this is not the subject, crime in Mexico, it exist just like crime exist in Beverly Hills, you can never avoid crime.  When you take a place that has no mention and is pretty much forgotten by the press like Mexico, it can be a shock when you read some of the press Mexico has been getting in the past two years. Suddenly there is crime in Mexico and Drugs, OMG Run for the hills!

OK, so what´s the surprise here amigo, there are drugs everywhere and where people are dealing in drugs there are always drug related deaths, does this really surprise anyone. If you are one of those ¨Scar Face¨ type characters, then you may be one of those guys you are reading about. But hey, I live here, I don´t see those guys in PV! I know people that smoke pot, and they are not some bent nose criminals dealing in drugs all over city…

I live in a small residential area about eight blocks from Marina Vallarta called Colonia Aramara. I have a small hardware store, a fruit market, butcher, laundry and grocery store a stone’s throw from my little  house. The house I live in is a two bedroom, two bath Casita.  A small place with a very nice garden patio, modern appliances, air conditioned, very comfortable place for $5,500.00 pesos or $458.00 dollars per month. My Electric bill during the summer is $1,300.00 pesos or $108.00 dollars for two months with air conditioning going in the evenings since there is nobody home during the day time working hours. By all accounts, this is cheap, very cheap living. When I lived in the Marina I paid $8000.00 pesos ($660.00 usd) a month and paid $350.00 usd for electricity for a month of air conditioning.  The Marina is referred to by Nationals as Gringo Landia or Land in English. You can see my electric bill for one month in the Marina is essentially six months of air conditioning in my Residential Casita.

Casa Pine, My Casita in a Mexican Neighborhood

Casa Pine, My Casita in a Mexican Neighborhood

My Neighbors are normal working class people just like my parents were in our residential neighborhood of Venice California (which was considered dangerous when I was growing up). If you are looking for a connection, there is always somebody close to contact, just like any neighborhood in the states. There are no gangs looking for Gringos with Machetes as the press would have you believe. There are no mass murderers in the streets as is the Perceptions of Americans of Puerto Vallarta and all of Mexico. The occasional party can drive you crazy as Nationals love to find a reason to turn the music up and have a party! But if you are being kept awake, join them, you will be welcome even if you don´t speak Spanish, or Spanglish in my case! Your neighbors look out for your house when you are away, just like normal neighbors. When things go bad, the neighbors all pitch in or set up neighborhood groups to take care of common areas and parks. Normal daily stuff to me. Not that different than any Neighborhood in the western world.

But  when I come to work (my fishing shop), in PV, I open the daily Drudge Report, CBS News, Fox News, CNN and the rest just to discover I am in grave danger of  Drug Cartels looking to cut my head off or worse  since I am being told my little neighborhood is more dangerous than Iraq!! Iraq, WHAT ??  I grew up in California, Venice to be exact. When I was a kid just walking down the street in decent clothes was enough for someone to come after you. Nice shoes, your gold chain, you name it, if it you looked like you had money, you got attacked by all sorts of ¨minority types¨.   Yet I am told Los Angeles is safe. Safe for who? Drive By shootings was the reason I moved away from there in the first place and went to Seattle and worked for Boeing as an Engineer!

El Faro or The Light House in Englis, the focal point of Marina Vallarta

El Faro or The Light House in Englis, the focal point of Marina Vallarta

Two years ago the world, mostly the USA went on a rant about how horrible Mexico was because the H1N1 Flu Pandemic started in Cancun. The press made a big, big deal sending CNN´s medical reporters and doctors to document the deaths that were occurring in Mexico. But there was nothing to report because in all there were only 83 people in all of Mexico that ultimately died of the H 1N1 Flu Virus in all of Mexico. Most of them contracted it in the United States and brought it back with them.  There were travel warnings not to visit anywhere in Mexico or you could die. This went on, and on… and on.   It was so bad it like they were all ¨Chicken Little´ running around saying the sky was falling! A year later it came out in the press in small text in the back of the news papers that the Pandemic was actually started in Los Angeles and these student types had communicated the disease long before coming to Cancun who ultimately got the blame. So tourism and business travel to Mexico was halted like throwing a stick in the spokes of a bike! Of course this was all over the world. When it came out that this was all a farse, a hoax of biblical proportions, then came another reason to focus on Mexico. Drug Cartels!

Suddenly Juarez on the border becomes big news for the national news services in the United States. Juarez has always been a bad area, Mexico knows it, America knows it, no secret here. Long before the cartels were the lead news story in the press, Juarez was a place to stay away from. I figure it will always be a place to stay away from. But the news is really off base, Juarez has been less and less violent yearly for the past twenty five years. But with the internet and the biased news services Juarez is all of a sudden news worthy. Juarez has always been about Mexicans shooting Mexicans in No Mans Land, Again, nothing new here. My only question is if Juarez has improved to the point where crime and deaths are down in number, no matter what you hear or read, why is it now Dangerous for North Americans now to visit Mexico. Why wasn`t it dangerous twenty years ago, ten years ago, why now? Did the American press not care about Americans safety in Mexico then?  There are a lot of reasons for this, I will not go into them except to say the main goal here is to keep American Dollars in America. Tourism is a huge thing in Mexico since it is so close to the United States, it draws many, many Americans and Canadians. Again nothing new….

So here I am living in Mexico, Listening to the news services, reading the news in the papers and I start think I am living in a dangerous place!  After ten years of living in Puerto Vallarta and not seeing one incident, or involved in any sort of unusual incident, I was still concerned for my life. I mean after all the press can ´t be making this all up, right? I started telling my friends I was leaving and they all, every one of them pointed out that I was being manipulated by the press and I knew better. I knew I was safe, my family is safe and my friends are safe. If you are in the drug trade in Mexico or Detroit, it is all the same. Lazy, uneducated people with big guns and small minds thinking they can make quick and easy money fast.  It  works  that way until some other small  minded, uneducated  person with another bigger gun gets the same idea and then wants to take over this guys territory.  Then the cycle returns and gets more intense as more and more top drug cartel heads are captured and sent to the United States to be prosecuted.  Naturally this leaves a void, the void is filled with another group(s) of big guns / small minded criminal types, primarily Mexican Nationals, who are the ones dying, not tourist. That is unless they are coming to Mexico to be a drug dealer themselves, then that makes the news also! Out of most of the deaths you will hear about in the States and Canada, the vast majority are dealing in things they have no business being involved with! But the news forgets to put that in the story!

So I hear stuff about dead beheaded bodies being hung up in Cancun. When you look at the story, knowing Mexico, Cancun is like fifty miles away from where the incident happened in an area a law abiding citizen would not be.  Then you see pictures of Juarez where there were dead bodies across in the street as they talk about Acapulco, show Juarez and talk Acapulco, is this a lie??  Even the picture states it was from Juarez a year prior to the article in very fine print.  I get more nervous, remember I own a company here. It once again was pointed out to me that this was another bogus story meant to scare Americans out of Mexico and keep those tourism dollars in the states….

The bottom line here is I walk the streets here in PV late at night. I take the bus and watch and listen as some magician or musician or snake oil salesman performs his show on the buses. I eat at the local taco stands and find the food and the people wonderful. I hang out in Mexican National Cantinas and love the Banda Music and the Ladies! I associate with rich types and the guys who wash the cars and even have been known to buy a six pack and throw a few down with these happy and simple amigos.

I come into my shop in the Marina and get questions on the internet from people asking if it is safe in Mexico. How do you argue with the press? I tell everyone I know, Mexico is safe. It is every bit as safe if not safer than the United States. But we in the states are desensitized in the press. We hear stories of how some guy goes walking into an iHOP and kills eleven people. Or the day before how 47 people were killed  (www.nbcnewyork.com) in new York n labor day. If this happened in Mexico it would be world news, in New  York it is forgotten the next day, of course except for the victims family…..

My Shop on the Boardwalk in Marina Vallarta

My Shop on the Boardwalk in Marina Vallarta

You walk into a Mexican Emergency Room on a Saturday night and you see some scarey stuff, car accident injuries, broken bones, heart attacks, normal stuff. Go into the emergency room of East Los Angeles or Chicago, you see bullet wounds on clearly criminal types, stab wounds, drive by shooting victims, basically war zone injuries…..

Tonight I will close the shop, got Fajita Banana Restaurant and have some great ribs and a few beers. I will then go to Dante Restaurant and have a conversation with the owners as my friends. I will then walk down the street to my lady friends house and spend a little time, then I will take the bus home and walk through my quiet neighborhood before I watch a movie in my air conditioned house and watch the American news as it scares me once more about living in Mexico.

For the record, Mexico for those visiting tourist areas is as safe as you could hope to be. If you are coming down and wanting to enter the drug business, I would suggest you stay as far away from that as possible… If you want to come to Mexico and open a business, I would support that as well because Mexico is the land of opportunity. Now there are some cultural and business challenges, but so what.  You can live cheaper, better and healthier in Puerto Vallarta than California. You can drink the water, the Medical care is all done by board certified, America Trained and educated doctors. Housing is one third the price of the states and the weather is mild when compared to places like Kentucky, florida or even Chicago.

If you have any reservations, then th ere are dozens of web sites that talk about the situation in Mexico and how the North Americans are being misled to believe they will die if they come to Mexico.   Feel free to contact me and ask me anything you want to know.

For now, I am staying here in Mexico. I am safe, retired, and living a life most of my friends would love to have. My health is good, my mind is clear and I worry about what is happening in the United States when Americans cannot afford to retire and live on reduced retirements as the govt. tells the American Citizens they have to tighten the belt a little more each year. In Mexico, I live well and will continue to live well as you all watch the demonization of Mexico.

While I am in a tourist business, when tourism is down, that only means I own Puerto Vallarta and that is not a bad place to be amigos.

Next time you are in Mexico, Puerto Vallarta to be exact, come by and say hello! You´ll find me at Master Baiter´s Sportfishing and Tackle daily watching the seasons turn and enjoying what Mexico has to offer!

Remember you read this the next time you hear a news story pointing a finger at Mexico,  then ask yourself what the hidden agenda behind the story is!

Puerto Vallarta Fishing is Explosive, This is PV At its Best!

Puerto Vallarta Fishing is Explosive, This is PV At its Best!

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

Right now it´s like fishing in a bucket, you name the fish you are targeting and I will tell you how to get to them. I know that makes me sound like a genius, but in reality any idiot with a fishing pole and a boat can come in these days with something you can be proud of.  Dead locations like the Marietta Islands have come to life. Areas that were slow at best have picked up this week with Sailfish, Dorado and Rooster fish. You want big fish for a trophy? You want smaller fish the kids can catch and not spend too much time on the water under an Equator Sun? Or how about heading out to El Banco where Yellowfin Tuna in the 80 to 200 lb range and are as thick as ants, a direct quote from Capt. Cesar of Magnifico about fishing this week? No matter what you are looking for when it comes to World Class Sportfishing, we have it in Spades! Fishing just turned into Catching. The only thing missing now is YOU!

Rooster Fish at Punt Mita, Capt Tory, 59inch Rooster fish, 8 hrs

Rooster Fish at Punt Mita, Capt Tory, 59inch Rooster fish, 8 hrs

 

Every week I look at what is happening in Marina Vallarta and see the results of different fishing boats here in Puerto Vallarta´s fishing grounds. When we hit this time of the year we don´t have to look too far to see something impressive fish wise.  Yellowfin Tuna are on the docks every afternoon, Along with Sailfish, Dorado, even Rooster Fish. If you are one of those who ignored the B.S. the press is spewing in North America, then you are one of the very few who are here in PV to enjoy next to perfect conditions. To hammer this home, the fishing is now better than anything I have seen in the last three years. We all know what the situation is in up north across the border. But the fish don´t know anything about that and are going about their daily business as normal, which of course means chasing bait balls and growing in size!!

 

One location that has been less than spectacular is El Banco ( or The Bank in English). All of a sudden Yellowfin Tuna have moved into the area and you can expect to hook into one of these Yellowfin Beauties over and over again. Multiple hook-ups are a no brainer, so don´t run too many lines or it will be to your detriment amigo. 80 to 200 lb Yellowfin, Black Marlin from 200 to 600 lbs, even Dorado up to 50 lbs. Sailfish, Cubera Snappers, you name it. They are attacking anything, you don´t even need bait, they`ll hit a shinny hook. So don´t worry what type of bait or how you present it, they don´t care, they will take any bait that looks like something they would like! Start at the high spots, then head southwest about four miles and you are in the right place to catch that finned fantasy!

 

Corbeteña is still smoking hot amigos.  Yellowfin Tuna are here as well, but not quite as big as El Banco in the 30 to 100 lb range. Now we all know these fish move and this could change tomorrow so check the locations to see what news is coming in before you make a fuel decision. I prefer Corbeteña simply for its flexibility in species and closeness to other spots like El Morro and the Marietta Islands. With plenty of Skippies in the area bait is not a problem. Large Sailfish are thick right now, you have Blue and Black Marlin to 600 lbs, Dorado larger than 35lbs, Yellowfin Tuna as we just mentioned. Cubera Snappers, I mean the place is on fire! Don´t wait, get your butts out there now.

 

El Morro, another place I have not mentioned in a while has Sailfish, Dorado, Bonito, Skip Jack Tuna, and the list goes on. You can cookie cutter the same for the Marietta Islands. With a little luck you will see some Rooster fish, but nothing you can predict.

 

Punta Mita has gotten even better after a slow start to the season. Six miles off the point there are Sailfish everywhere. No secrets on the baits, just get something in front of them, they`ll take it.  Dorado is getting more abundant in what is normally a heaven for Dorado. Capt. Tory of Bella Del Mar even came in with a 59 inch Rooster Fish, one of the biggest I have ever seen, but not quite a record. Close and full of fish is a money saving proposition for those who want to stay married. A super panga will put you and three of your friends out for eight hours, cheaper than golf in PV for sure.

Graham Landrith, Carlo Dominquez, and Jack Pardo came in with this nice Sailfish off Punta Mita

Sailfish off Punta Mita, Graham Landrith, Carlo Dominquez,, 8 hrs on Bella Del Mar

 

Inside the bay we always have challenges to deal with come summer time. People don´t understand that the water coming down from the hills is one thing that may look unsightly, but it is like a vitamin pill for the bay with nutrients. The trash line is a place I have written about again and again. The trash line can make your four hour day feel like an eight hour day with the amount of action right now. Find a trash line in the bay and you will find Dorado to 25 lbs, Bonito, and a host of other players.  This is like a McDonalds for these fish, fast food and well worth the price. This is a great option for those looking for something they can eat and still keep things on the cheap….

 

Water conditions couldn´t be more perfect. Once you get out past the dirty water that we have in the bay, it gets Deep and dark blue. Water temperatures are hovering in the perfect range (84 to 86 degrees), nothing in the 90 degree range like we have seen in the last few freaky years. Plenty of bait everywhere makes it easy to make bait for your tuna tubes. So conditions could not be better amigos.

 

OK, Tourism is down, way, way down. If you can get past the regurgitated stories of how drug cartels are taking over Mexico and listen to those who live in the real Mexico, not Juarez, then you will have the fishing grounds all to yourself. There are very few boats heading out in the morning. It´s always good to compare prices, but make sure when you are comparing boats, you are comparing apples to apples. Better boats will never be cheap. You will never get more than you pay for.  Be careful that you are getting or wind up expecting something completely different than that twenty year old picture you were shown. You may wind up disappointed when you walk up to this slow boat from China!!

Jack Crevalls and the boys, same day, same place

Jack Crevalls and the boys, same day, same place

 

So conditions are about as good as you will get in summer if you are interested in Big Game or Deep Sea fishing in Puerto Vallarta. Sport fishing companies are doing what they can to hold the line on prices. But as in the states and the rest of the world fuel prices have increased dramatically as well here in Mexico. But losing money is no way to stay in business so I suggest making late summer reservations as soon as possible and lock in the better prices before everyone raises prices, including myself.  That is if you are coming down to do some High Season Fishing!

 

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.

 

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

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

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

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

Cubera Snapper at Corbeteña

Cubera Snapper at Corbeteña

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

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

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

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

Yellowfin Tuna Monsters on High Maintenance

Yellowfin Tuna Monsters on High Maintenance

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

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

Sundown at the fishing grounds

Sundown at the fishing grounds

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

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

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

Sailfish at  Punta Mita on Magnifico

Sailfish at Punta Mita on Magnifico

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.