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.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Master Baiter´s Sportfishing & Tackle is located in Marina Vallarta on the Boardwalk between the light house and Porto Bellos restaurant. Come by and say hello!  Remember, at Master Baiter´s Sportfishing and Tackle, We Won´t Jerk You Around! If you have any questions on any subject regarding fishing or Puerto Vallarta, feel free to ask at my email: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx

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

 

Hurricane jova Fizzles, El Banco Comes to Life, Tournament Season Begins!

Hurricane jova Fizzles, El Banco Comes to Life, Tournament Season Begins !

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

We were under a Hurricane watch for what seemed like an eternity but Hurricane Jova passed us without any issues. Not so for Barra Navidad and Manzanillo who are south of Puerto Vallarta by about 150 miles. Now you may ask how this affected fishing in Puerto Vallarta and my answer would have to be favorably! In front of Hurricane Jova we saw every species we look for coming in closer in front of the storm in larger numbers.  The report may be a little short this week, but I am sure you understand.

 Dorado, Nathan Howard, Punta Mita

Dorado, Nathan Howard, Punta Mita

We had been watching two hurricanes, Jova and Irwin. Irwin is still spinning around, but is little more than a threat of rain and wind about Mid Mexico now on the west coast. Jova on the other hand had us wondering. Most of the time when Puerto Vallarta is threatened it is a series of tropical storms pushing one in the direction of the Mexican coast. Such was the case with Jova this past week and dominated my blog reports. Jova is gone now, short lived once it hit land. As you would expect we got a fair amount of rain which washed down the mountains of all sorts of organic materials like seeds, leaves, roots, bugs, you name it. Just what ¨they¨ like in the bay and these are the materials that form the trash line we speak so much about at this time of the year. So things have taken off to say the least in the bay these last few days with nice Football sized Tuna and tons of Dorado. Nothing fancy, just find your way on the bay and catch fish. Not much more complicated than that. The Football Yellowfin Tuna are running in the 40lb range, great for eating and the Dorado are in the 25lb range as well, large for the bay. There are also Roballo or Snook just stuffing themselves at the river mouth in dirty water, they don´t care. So if you are looking for a short trip, lots of ¨Table¨ fish then you don´t need to go any farther than the bay.

Looking for something a little larger in size, then Corbeteña is the place to start looking. With Marlin hovering between the Marietta islands and the Rock, anywhere past the Marietta or El Morro Island is fertile ground for a smaller Blue Marlin. If you find yourself looking for Yellowfin Tuna at the Rock, it turned a little funny out there after the storm. The Yellowfin moved out for a little while, but I am sure this is short lived and will return shortly like they always do. But there are larger Dorado in the 40lb range, Sailfish, Dog Tooth Pargo, aka Cubera Snappers, Marlin and with a little luck Yellowfin Tuna in the next day or so.

Dorado and Sailfish at Corbeteña

Dorado and Sailfish at Corbeteña

El Banco has for some reason sprung to life with Yellowfin Tuna, something that has been missing at this normal Yellowfin Tuna Heaven for sure. Sailfish in the Area as well and there is the chance of a Black Marlin for sure. While the Yellowfin Tuna are not Monsters for sure, still at 100 lbs upwards to 200 lbs can be worth your fuel dollar, finally! With plenty of bait in the water it may just pick up enough for the Pez Vela Tournament to be worthwhile this year.

The points of Punta Mita and Cabo Corrientes are still smoking with action, Dorado and Sailfish mostly. By the reefs at Punta Mita there is always the chance of Rooster Fish on a shinny lure or live Google Eye. Worth your time and money which ever location you choose to hit.

With the port only open a couple of days the sizes of fish are hard to  call or predict. We are still waiting to see people heading out to the fishing grounds. As far as sizes go, not enough reports to actually give sizes. But the fishing is happening and in a few days I will have a better feel for what is happening out there. But before the storm as everyone was nervous the fishing exploded as you can expect in the path of a Hurricane or even tropical storm. The trick here is to get your fishing days in as the pressure pushes the game fish in the direction of where you are at. This does not always work, it just depends, but with us here in Puerto Vallarta we found two storms pushing in our direction and that is when if you find yourself in the right place, you can enjoy the benefits as you cross your fingers hoping the Hurricane heads elsewhere.  

Mexican Footalls, YF Tuna that is, Good Eating!

Mexican Footalls, YF Tuna that is, Good Eating!

Keep an eye on my blog with a more detailed report for this week since the port has only been open for a few days (www.masterbaiters.wordpress.com)

The good news is the water temperatures are holding true even at 84 to 86 degrees with the oncoming of another La Nina year with colder than normal water temperatures circulating enevitable. Plenty of bait and blue water. But we are coming to an end of the rainy season and soon the trash line will be a thing of the past until next year. No worries amigos, fishing will hopefully remain great into January!  

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.

 

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!

Hurricane Jova (10 11 2011) Weakens a Little, Still a Cat. 2 Hurricane, PV will get Tropical Storm Force Winds and Rain

Below is the link you want to keep in touch with. It is up to the minuet, you can reduce or enlarge the picture and it gives much more visual information as to what is happening with Hurricane Jova. Copy and paste into your browser, you`ll be glad you did, book more the location for future reference. 

http://www.wunderground.com/wundermap/?lat=18.3&lon=-105.4&zoom=6&type=hyb&rad=0&wxsn=0&svr=0&cams=0&sat=0&riv=0&mm=0&hur=1&hur.wr=0&hur.cod=1&hur.fx=1&hur.obs=1&fire=0&ft=0&sl

It looks like Jova will enter the mainland around Manzanillo and may go towards the south or straight in to the center of Mexico . Most models are showing the Hurricane or Tropical storm as it reaches the Puerto Vallarta area hitting us in PV around 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon with diminished winds of Tropical Storm Force, much weaker than full Hurricane force. Once Jova makes land it is expected to rapidly weaken to a cat. 1 as it continues to weaken as it marches along.

Presently: The storm has dropped in strength (weakened) to a Catagory 2 from a  Catagory 3 yesterday.  This is a little strange since the warmer water close to shore should reinforce this storm. But it has been working now for almost a week and with a little luck may hit  the coast with Tropical Storm force. We would be lucky if this happens amigos. PV would then be ou t of the woods. Yes we will get our hair blown around but the fact is the Hurricane is running out of gas as we speak. It can change in a heart beat for the worse so keep your ears open.

By now  you should be prepared with the essentials like water, batteries, no refrigerated foods, Candles, charged computers and cell phones is a good idea. You should expect power outages for what could be possibly days because the whole area will be pounded for a couple of days and I can not imagine we will get through this with electricity.

This is part of the public warning issued by the authorities:

Storm surge...a dangerous storm surge is expected to produce significant coastal flooding near and to the east of 
where the center makes landfall. Near the coast...the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves.
Rainfall...Jova is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 6 to 12 inches over the states of michoacan...
 Colima...Jalisco... and nayarit...with possible isolated maximum amounts of 20 inches. These rains could cause 
life-threatening flash floods and mud slides over mountainous terrain.
Surf...swells generated by Jova are affecting portions of the coast
of southwestern Mexico.  These swells are likely to cause
life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

All the area warnings are posted below the pictures of the hurricane track if you want to read them.

Here is the latest and greatest tracking models and forecast:Click on the photo to enlarge for easier reading as you move along…..

Hurricane Jova 10 11 2011

Hurricane Jova 10 11 2011

Your 5 day model / forecast:

Hurricane Jova 10 11 2011 5 day forecast

Hurricane Jova 10 11 2011 5 day forecast

And your  computer models, if this does not confuse you nothing will, A computers best guess for  sure!

Hurricane Jova 10 11 2011 computer Models

Hurricane Jova 10 11 2011 computer Models

There you go, make good use of these projections. They are the best we have available for now.

Below is Jovas projected or Probable wind speeds by area.  You will notice PV is looking like it will get wet and windy, but we may just dodge another weather bullet… check it out below:

2100 UTC Tue Oct 11 2011
at 2100z the center of Hurricane Jova was located near latitude 18.3
north...longitude 105.4 west with maximum sustained winds near 85
kts...100 mph...160 km/h.
Z indicates coordinated Universal time (greenwich)
   Pacific  daylight time (pdt)...subtract  7 hours from z time
   Hawaiian Standard time (hst)...subtract 10 hours from z time
I.  Maximum wind speed (intensity) probability table
chances that the maximum sustained (1-minute average) wind speed of
the tropical cyclone will be within any of the following categories
at each official forecast time during the next 5 days.
Probabilities are given in percent.  X indicates probabilities less
than 1 percent.
- - - Maximum wind speed (intensity) probabilities - - -
valid time   06z Wed 18z Wed 06z Thu 18z Thu 18z Fri 18z Sat 18z sun
forecast hour   12      24      36      48      72      96     120
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
dissipated       x       1      30      47      na      na      na
trop depression  x      17      38      25      na      na      na
tropical storm  13      61      18      14      na      na      na
hurricane       87      21      14      14      na      na      na
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Hur Cat 1       60      15      10       8      na      na      na
Hur Cat 2       24       4       3       3      na      na      na
Hur Cat 3        3       2       1       2      na      na      na
Hur Cat 4        x       x       x       x      na      na      na
Hur Cat 5        x       x       x       x      na      na      na
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
fcst Max wind   85kt    50kt    30kt    25kt    na      na      na
ii. Wind speed probability table for specific locations
chances of sustained (1-minute average) wind speeds of at least
   ...34 kt (39 mph... 63 kph)...
   ...50 kt (58 mph... 93 kph)...
   ...64 kt (74 mph...119 kph)...
for locations and time periods during the next 5 days
probabilities for locations are given as ip(cp) where ip is the probability of the event beginning during an 
individual time period (individual probability) (cp) is the probability of the event occurring between 18z Tue 
and the forecast hour (cumulative probability)
probabilities are given in percent
x indicates probabilities less than 1 percent
probabilities for 34 kt and 50 kt are shown at a given location when
the 5-day cumulative probability is at least 3 percent.
Probabilities for 64 kt are shown when the 5-day cumulative
probability is at least 1 percent.
- - - - Wind speed probabilities for selected  locations - - - -
from    from    from    from    from    from    from
  time       18z Tue 06z Wed 18z Wed 06z Thu 18z Thu 18z Fri 18z Sat
periods         to      to      to      to      to      to      to
             06z Wed 18z Wed 06z Thu 18z Thu 18z Fri 18z Sat 18z sun
forecast hour    (12)   (24)    (36)    (48)    (72)    (96)   (120)
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
location       kt
Mazatlan       34  2   3( 5)   4( 9)   6(15)   x(15)   x(15)   x(15)
Mazatlan       50  x   x( x)   1( 1)   2( 3)   x( 3)   x( 3)   x( 3)
San Blas       34  5  18(23)  11(34)   3(37)   x(37)   x(37)   x(37)
San Blas       50  1   2( 3)   7(10)   3(13)   x(13)   x(13)   x(13)
San Blas       64  x   x( x)   1( 1)   1( 2)   x( 2)   x( 2)   x( 2)

 p vallarta 34 43 29(72) 3(75) x(75) x(75) x(75) x(75)
 p vallarta 50 2 15(17) 4(21) 2(23) x(23) x(23) x(23)
 p vallarta 64 x x( x) 1( 1) 1( 2) x( 2) x( 2) x( 2)

 barra Navidad  34 98   2(99)   x(99)   x(99)   x(99)   x(99)   x(99)
barra Navidad  50 75   8(83)   x(83)   x(83)   x(83)   x(83)   x(83)
barra Navidad  64  3   1( 4)   x( 4)   x( 4)   x( 4)   x( 4)   x( 4)
Manzanillo     34 94   3(97)   x(97)   x(97)   x(97)   x(97)   x(97)
Manzanillo     50 32   8(40)   x(40)   x(40)   x(40)   x(40)   x(40)
Manzanillo     64  1   1( 2)   x( 2)   x( 2)   x( 2)   x( 2)   x( 2)
l Cardenas     34  3   2( 5)   x( 5)   1( 6)   x( 6)   x( 6)   x( 6)
Zihuatanejo    34  2   1( 3)   x( 3)   x( 3)   x( 3)   x( 3)   x( 3)
Islas Marias   34  4  10(14)   9(23)   3(26)   x(26)   x(26)   x(26)
Islas Marias   50  x   2( 2)   5( 7)   4(11)   x(11)   x(11)   x(11)
Islas Marias   64  x   x( x)   1( 1)   1( 2)   x( 2)   x( 2)   x( 2)

$$
forecaster Beven  

Here is your Marine Forcast:
2100 UTC Tue Oct 11 2011

changes in watches and warnings with this advisory...

none

summary of watches and warnings in effect...

a Hurricane Warning is in effect for...
* Punta San Telmo northward to Cabo Corrientes Mexico

a Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for... * Lazaro Cardenas northward to south of Punta San Telmo Mexico * north of
 Cabo Corrientes to El Roblito Mexico

hurricane center located near 18.3n 105.4w at 11/2100z
position accurate within  20 nm

present movement toward the north-northeast or  30 degrees at   5 kt

estimated minimum central pressure  973 mb
eye diameter  15 nm
Max sustained winds  85 kt with gusts to 105 kt.
64 kt....... 15ne  15se  15sw  15nw.
50 kt....... 40ne  40se  40sw  40nw.
34 kt....... 90ne  90se  80sw  80nw.
12 ft seas..150ne 300se 300sw 150nw.
Winds and seas vary greatly in each quadrant.  Radii in nautical
miles are the largest radii expected anywhere in that quadrant.

Repeat...center located near 18.3n 105.4w at 11/2100z
at 11/1800z center was located near 17.9n 105.5w

forecast valid 12/0600z 19.3n 105.0w
Max wind  85 kt...gusts 105 kt.
64 kt... 15ne  15se  15sw  15nw.
50 kt... 35ne  40se  40sw  40nw.
34 kt... 75ne  90se  80sw  80nw.

Forecast valid 12/1800z 20.4n 104.8w...inland
Max wind  50 kt...gusts  60 kt.
50 kt... 15ne  15se  15sw  15nw.
34 kt... 50ne  90se  80sw  60nw.

Forecast valid 13/0600z 21.4n 104.8w...inland
Max wind  30 kt...gusts  40 kt.

Forecast valid 13/1800z 22.2n 104.8w...inland Post-trop/remnt low
Max wind  25 kt...gusts  35 kt.

Forecast valid 14/1800z...dissipated

request for 3 hourly ship reports within 300 miles of 18.3n 105.4w

next advisory at 12/0300z

$$
forecaster Beven

And the Public Warning: 

...Center of category two Hurricane Jova moving toward the coast of
Mexico...
summary of 200 PM PDT...2100 UTC...information
----------------------------------------------
location...18.3n 105.4w
about 85 mi...140 km SW of Manzanillo Mexico
about 145 mi...235 km S of Cabo Corrientes Mexico
maximum sustained winds...100 mph...160 km/h
present movement...NNE or 30 degrees at 6 mph...9 km/h
minimum central pressure...973 mb...28.73 inches
watches and warnings
--------------------
changes with this advisory...
none
summary of watches and warnings in effect...
a Hurricane Warning is in effect for...
* Punta San Telmo northward to Cabo Corrientes Mexico
a Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for... * Lazaro Cardenas northward to south of
Punta San Telmo Mexico * north of Cabo Corrientes to El Roblito Mexico
for storm information specific to your area...please monitor
products issued by your National meteorological service.
Discussion and 48-hour outlook
------------------------------
at 200 PM PDT...2100 UTC...the center of Hurricane Jova was located near latitude 18.3 north...longitude 105.4 west.
 Jova is moving toward the north-northeast near 6 mph...9 km/h...and this motion is expected to continue with an 
increase in forward speed this evening. A turn toward the north is expected later tonight or on Wednesday. On the
 forecast track...the center of the hurricane will cross the coast of Mexico tonight...and move over western Mexico
 Wednesday and Wednesday night.
 Maximum sustained winds are near 100 mph...160 km/h...with higher
gusts.  Jova is a category two hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson
scale.  Some fluctuations in strength are possible before
landfall...with weakening expected after the center crosses the
coast.
Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 15 miles...30 km...from
the center...and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 105
miles...165 km.
Estimated minimum central pressure is 973 mb...28.73 inches.
Hazards affecting land
----------------------
wind...tropical storm conditions are spreading onto the coast of
Mexico in the southern portion of the warning area and will spread
northward through the remainder of the warning area tonight.
Hurricane conditions are forecast to reach the coast within the
Hurricane Warning area during the evening.
Storm surge...a dangerous storm surge is expected to produce significant coastal flooding near and to the east of
 where the center makes landfall. Near the coast...the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves.
Rainfall...Jova is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 6 to 12 inches over the states of michoacan...
Colima...Jalisco... and nayarit...with possible isolated maximum amounts of 20 inches. These rains could cause
life-threatening flash floods and mud slides over mountainous terrain.

 Surf...swells generated by Jova are affecting portions of the coast
of southwestern Mexico.  These swells are likely to cause
life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.
Next advisory
-------------
next intermediate advisory...500 PM PDT.
Next complete advisory...800 PM PDT.

$$
Forecaster Beven

Ready or Not Puerto Vallarta, Here Comes Hurricane Jova, Cat. 3 (10 10 2011)

Ok, for any of you out there thining they were going to duck a bullet in Puerto Vallarta,  you are partially right, but mostly wrong.

Hurricane Jova right now looks like it is going to hit the coast of Mexico south of Puerto Vallarta.. Most of what  you will be reading has been cut and pasted with web address to visit your self. Updates happen about every six hours, so keep the site and refer back to it as of ten as you like… Here is the latest as of Monday late afternoon….

– East Pacific Major Hurricane Jova will make landfall somewhere on the Pacific coast of central Mexico Tuesday night, probably as a major hurricane, category 3 or stronger

– East Pacific Tropical Storm Irwin is west of and farther offshore than Jova, but will also head toward the Pacific coast of central Mexico and could make landfall there in several days, possibly as only a tropical depression

– Another new eastern Pacific depression has some chance to form east of Jova in the next couple of days, and then move northeastward and affect southeastern Mexico or northern Central America later this week

Check it  out  here: http://www.weather.com/newscenter/hurricanecentral/update/index.html

Here is the Tracking : Click on the pictures to enlarge to readable size…

Hurricane Jova 10 10 2011

Hurricane Jova 10 10 2011

Here is the 5 day Forecast :

Hurricane Jova 5 Day Tracking forcast 10 10 2011

Hurricane Jova 5 Day Tracking forcast 10 10 2011

Another perspective….

Hurricane Jova 10 10 2011Storm centered satelite image

Hurricane Jova 10 10 2011Storm centered satelite image

 

And the series of different computer models on the possible path….. looks like spaghetti to me

Hurricane Jova Ensemble computer models, White pathe believed probable

Hurricane Jova Ensemble computer models, White pathe believed probable

You can see Jova will be hitting land around Manzanillo with some forceful winds and swells to around 12 ft. But it sounds like the area around Manzanillo is where it will hit land… which is about 150 miles or so south of us here in PV. Now it could turn north, but with the mountain range around Puerto Vallarta this should protect the bay area, like it  always has.  That is my call on what is going  to happen. If the path follows  the southern route we in PV should see a good windy few days with a whole lot of rain, but as far  as much damage we should get through this ok… if it follows the southern  route. If not, and it move more to the north, we should still be pretty good, but it could get intense. What worries me is the thought of it moving drasticaly to the north and then the storm surge would cause some serious problems. Remember PV is only 20  feet above sea level, so a storm surge and big waves would seriously hurt PV. Now if you are in La Cruz Marina, I would be looking for a open dock in Marina Vallarta which is protected and the only place to be in a storm. But even this could be nasty… very nasty if it comes intot he bay!

 

Right  now it is a big guess… so be prepared with more than cigarettes amigos…. water and food that can be eaten cold is my suggestion… batteries for clocks, radios and flash lights should be stocked up on…. Candles are important and be sure to unplug any electronic device for obvious reasons…

 

One last thing, the fisherman in me want s to head out, but don´t. The fishing has been incredible as it can get before a big storm or tormenta as they say in spanish. If you can  get out after the ¨all clear¨announcemtns, go, it could be some of the bes tfishing you will eve r have a shot at… or not… it `s still fishing amigo.

 

Below is the official warning as of 9:00 or so tonight…. the latest  and scariest is yet to come…

Stan

Owner Master Baiter´s Sportfishing and Tackle

http://www.Masterbaiters Stan on Facebook….

http://www.masterbaiters.com.mx web site…  official forcast below….

2100 UTC Mon Oct 10 2011

changes in watches and warnings with this advisory...

the government of Mexico has issued a tropical storm watch for the northwestern coast of Mexico from north of Cabo Corrientes northward to San Blas.

Summary of watches and warnings in effect...

a Hurricane Warning is in effect for... * Punta San Telmo northward to Cabo Corrientes Mexico

a Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...
* Lazaro Cardenas northward to south of Punta San Telmo Mexico

a tropical storm watch is in effect for... * north of Cabo Corrientes northward to San Blas Mexico

a tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area...generally within 48 hours.

Hurricane center located near 16.8n 106.2w at 10/2100z
position accurate within  15 nm

present movement toward the northeast or  50 degrees at   6 kt

estimated minimum central pressure  955 mb
eye diameter 15 nm
Max sustained winds 110 kt with gusts to 135 kt.
64 kt....... 15ne  15se  15sw  15nw.
50 kt....... 40ne  40se  40sw  35nw.
34 kt....... 80ne  80se  80sw  70nw.
12 ft seas..210ne 300se 300sw 120nw.
Winds and seas vary greatly in each quadrant.  Radii in nautical
miles are the largest radii expected anywhere in that quadrant.

Repeat...center located near 16.8n 106.2w at 10/2100z
at 10/1800z center was located near 16.5n 106.5w

forecast valid 11/0600z 17.2n 105.8w
Max wind 115 kt...gusts 140 kt.
64 kt... 20ne  20se  20sw  20nw.
50 kt... 40ne  45se  45sw  40nw.
34 kt... 80ne  90se  90sw  75nw.

Forecast valid 11/1800z 18.2n 105.2w
Max wind 115 kt...gusts 140 kt.
64 kt... 25ne  25se  20sw  20nw.
50 kt... 45ne  50se  50sw  40nw.
34 kt... 90ne 100se 100sw  85nw.

Forecast valid 12/0600z 19.5n 104.7w...inland
Max wind 100 kt...gusts 120 kt.
64 kt... 25ne  25se  20sw  20nw.
50 kt... 50ne  55se  55sw  45nw.
34 kt...100ne 110se 110sw  90nw.

Forecast valid 12/1800z 21.1n 104.5w...inland
Max wind  60 kt...gusts  75 kt.
50 kt... 30ne  50se  50sw  30nw.
34 kt... 60ne 110se 110sw  75nw.

Forecast valid 13/1800z 22.7n 104.6w...inland
Max wind  35 kt...gusts  45 kt.
34 kt... 20ne  40se  70sw  20nw.

Extended outlook. Note...errors for track have averaged near 150 nm on day 4 and 200 nm on day 5...and for intensity near 20 kt each day

outlook valid 14/1800z 24.5n 105.0w...Post-trop/remnt low
Max wind  20 kt...gusts  30 kt.

Outlook valid 15/1800z...dissipated

request for 3 hourly ship reports within 300 miles of 16.8n 106.2w

next advisory at 11/0300z

$$
forecaster Stewart

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Tropical Storm, Soon to be Hurricane Jova Update (10 8 2011), Hurricane Irwin Enters the Picture

Ok, it still looks like we here on the west coast of Mexico need to believe this Tropical Storm is going to turn into a Hurricane sometime today, but it seems to be taking it´s sweet  time in doing so.

All the models I am interested in still shows  the Hurricane coming towards  the Bay of Banderas which of course is where Puerto Vallarta  is.

If you follow my blog, and you have a boat here in Puerto Vallarta  it is important to remember there are things like storm surges that  will raise the level of the water we normally deal with in the Marinas. Ever wonder why those concrete pillars are so high, this is why, so docks don´t break free or come un-hooked and then play bumper boats in hundred mile an hour winds. So if you have a boat and you believe there may be an issue here, it is time to act… You can decide what that means in your case. But in any case, PV is going to get hit with some bad weather. Possible two or god forbid three hurricanes.

Hurricane Jova is the primary threat, it is behind Irwin and Irwin is not moving for nothing. Jova is behind it, running into it, which of course is why Jova is moving erratically. T he pressure systems seem to be showing the two hurricanes turning from Sea and moving towards the coast. There is also another tropical depression nobody is talking about but is sitting quietly, like a lingering tumor you know nothing of as yet and for now we will just  be aware it is there….

OK, so here´s t he beef amigos……

Tropial Storm Jova 10 8 2011

Tropial Storm Jova 10 8 2011

Then here is your 5 day forecast…….

5 day tracking.... Jova,  10 8 11

5 day tracking.... Jova, 10 8 11

And now the computer Model…..

Tropial Storm Jova 10 8 2011 Computer Model

Tropial Storm Jova 10 8 2011 Computer Model

And then there is the Expanded version computer model…..

Expanded Tropial Storm Jova 10 8 2011 Computer Model

Expanded Tropial Storm Jova 10 8 2011 Computer Model

So there you go folks, use this information wisely.

Remember you can subscribe to these  articles I write and get notices and information on what is happening on the docks and in the fishing grounds of Puerto Vallarta. It does not cost a dime and as far as I can see, I am the only  person with this sort of daily or weekly information coming out of Puerto Vallarta.  For my weekly fishing reports, not found here at this location go to my web page  http://www.masterbaiters.com.mx for up to date information without much horn blowing… Hahahaaa…..

OK, look for the next update on the Hurricane situation tomorrow…..

 

Stan

Owner Master Baiter´s Sportfishing and Tackle

Puerto Vallarta,  Mexico

Tropical Storm, Possible Hurricane Jova Sets Its Sights on Puerto Vallarta ( 10/7/11-Day 01)

It seems that every year we have some sort of Hurricane Activity that will threaten a tournament or even more important events like the Pan American Games scheduled to start Oct. 14th to the 30th.The Bisbee´s Fishing Tournament is in two weeks as well….. Bad Timing…

At this moment we have a Tropical Depression that turned into a tropical storm on its way to becoming a Hurricane.

But presently it is still only a Tropical Storm by the name of Jova!  Jova has winds at 55mph to gust  of 70mph which is on the edge of Hurricane Speed. It is also only moving 8 mph in the direction of Puerto Vallarta. Now this can all change rapidly. But the thing that gets my attention is the other Hurricane out there, Hurricane Irwin . The only time we see a real threat to Puerto Vallarta is when there are two hurricanes in tandum, the one on the ¨¨inside´ is always held in towards the mainland. Jova is the inward hurricane locked on an inside track.

This will screw with the fishing and the Marinas of Banderas Bay.

 

Not much we can do except watch and plan. Those of you in the area pay attention to this site and we´ll see how this all goes..Stay Tuned!

Layout of Hurricanes, Tropical Storms and depressions

Layout of Hurricanes, Tropical Storms and depressions

 

Below is the projected path of Hurrican Jova, you can see the sharp turn to the west…..

Tropial Storm Jova 10 7 2011

Tropial Storm Jova 10 7 2011

 

This is the 5 Day Tracking map… batten down the hatches amigos, looks like after more than fifty years we are going to see some action. Again stock up on water, candles, batteries, … have a radio that runs on batteries and flash lights available …….

5 day tracking.... 10 7 11

5 day tracking.... 10 7 11

 

I will continue to post updates … daily in the mean time you can check out these locations for more detailed information on Jova and Irwin….

http://www.weather.com/outlook/weather-news/news/articles/tropics-watch-hurricane-season-2011_2011-07-06

http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/ep201110.html?MR=1

So there you go, the latest and greatest on Hurricane Jova and Irwin…..  Find this on Bloody Decks…

Stan

Master Baiter´s Sportfishing  & Tacle

 

Yellowfin Tuna, Black Marlin, Dorado, Sailfish, Lets go Fishing Amigos, PV has it all!

Yellowfin Tuna, Black Marlin, Dorado, Sailfish, Lets go Fishing Amigos, PV has it all!

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

For the past several years the Yellowfin Tuna fishing has been less than what we have come to expect from many, many previous years. It used to be there were 250 lb Yellowfin at El Banco and Corbeteña all the time come September in Puerto Vallarta´s fishing grounds. But the last few years we saw the effects of large scale commercial fishing from Mazatlan and the Japanese. These days of Production ships (Seiners) scouring El Banco and Corbeteña have disappeared with hard times and low fishing counts. They essentially put themselves out of business. Now Two years later we are seeing the return of large Yellowfin Tuna within 60 miles of Marina Vallarta. With Marlin and Yellowfin as running mates where you have one, you will normally find the other which is good  news for the fisherman looking to check off another item from his ¨ bucket list¨. Just like days gone by, Puerto Vallarta is once more the place to be for Monster Yellowfin Tuna. Summer is getting on and the best is yet to come, the only thing missing at the fishing grounds is YOU!

Black Marlin 300lbs on Magnifico at  Corbeteña

Black Marlin 300lbs on Magnifico at Corbeteña

Like I mentioned, it´s like we´re turning the clock back the way fish are behaving lately. Take inside the bay for instance. Years and years ago it really was not unusual for Marlin to come into the bay. Many people forget for some reason that Marlin love Dorado and will chase them down. Now in the bay near Los Animas on the south end are seeing smaller Marlin chasing down these nice sized Dorado so there have been some real surprises when those fishing with light tackle hook into a good sized Black Marlin. Dorado are not a fish you hear about used for trolling, that is because they die quickly when trolled. But dead Dorado trolled can still work if you have Marlin in the area.

In front of Los Arcos, not far from Marina Vallarta at all, Capt. Cesar took his family fishing and the Dorado pictures are a result of that fishing trip… Bonito, Skip Jack Tuna, Snook at the river mouths. It is really a happening place in the bay right now. If you follow the trash line from this area out to El Morro you can get Sailfish as well. Imagine catching all of this in less than six hours in the bay.

Moving out to the points, Punta Mita is on automatic. Sailfish, Dorado, Roosters near Sayulita, the reefs are alive at Anclote and many are still targeting this area as their first choice heading out in the morning. There is no way you can go wrong with an eight hour day in this area.

The Marietta Islands have fish, they always have fish. But when they have the same fish in close, why head out there? Well for one reason Sailfish love this area and the area between Corbeteña and the Marietta Islands have been ignored making this area a untouched opportunity. If you are heading out past the Marietta Islands drop a few baits and see what is happening, may just surprise you with some Black Marlin and closer in sizeable Yellowfin Tuna, wouldn`t be the first time this happened!

Dorado Everywhere including Los Arcos where this was caught by Capt. Cesar

Dorado Everywhere including Los Arcos where this was caught by Capt. Cesar

The real deal this past week continues to be Corbeteña. I mean the Rock is on fire and with no crowds you can linger and let the bite happen instead of trying to hurry things before some other boat moves in to your ¨space¨ trying to get your fish! You name it, Marlin in the 300 to 700lb range with possibilities of larger, much larger at this time of the year. Yellowfin Tuna anywhere from 60 to over 250lbs. Magnifico boated a Black Marlin and just when the Marlin started jumping less than thirty feet from the boat, all of a sudden Yellowfin of 250 lbs were hurling themselves from the water to the point it looked like they were flying Volkswagens! So Buckwheat, you ever catch a fish bigger than your car!! It could happen amigos! Large sailfish, even the Dorado here are in the 35 to 50 lbs. I mean you could not ask for better conditions. With deep blue water and perfect water temperatures of 84 Degrees fantasies can come true RIGHT NOW!  Here´s a secret, if you are not running Google Eyes, smaller Sardines or Bonito you will not be catching anything. Plastics stopped working this week, you`ve been informed now use this information wisely grasshopper!

Sailfish like this one at Punta Mita make 8 hr trips worth while!

Sailfish like this one at Punta Mita make 8 hr trips worth while!

El Banco, this place has been dead, dead, dead… But there is now some signs of life, nothing spectacular but still a weak pulse of sorts. Yellowfin of 60 to 80 lbs have turned up in the Green Water out there. Why it is green water, your guess is as good as mine. But if you have bullet Bonito baits, small babies, The Yellowfin will hit it hard. But if you are running any other bait, forget about it, you will never know there was a fish around. No Marlin, No Sailfish and no Dorado. If all you are going to get is smaller, fickle Yellowfin why spend the extra fuel cost on a more distant location.

So here we go again, another week with perfect conditions, plenty of bait, blue water and large amounts of Trophy Game Fish! Uncrowded fishing grounds, cheap hotel prices, and over 12 pesos to the dollar means Puerto Vallarta is a bargain.

Remember mid November this year will be when the 56th Annual Pez Vella and Marlin tournament will be happening. So make your mind up to participate. You can get all the information you need at: www.fishvallarta.com .

Well that is the latest and greatest for now. Stay tuned and watch my blog for on the deck and breaking news and even some fish porn (safe for your 12 yr old) pictures of naked fish!

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.

 

Dorado Invade Puerto Vallarta´s Fishing Grounds, Uncrowded Perfect Conditions Hold True!

 Dorado Invade Puerto Vallarta´s Fishing Grounds, Uncrowded Perfect Conditions Hold True!

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

When summer or High Season for fishing in Puerto Vallarta comes anything is not only possible, but probable. It seems that every year for the last three yea s we have seen the arrival in mass on Dorado later and later in the fishing season.  Last year it was July before the Dorado massed in number, this year it´s early September. Now there have been Dorado in our fishing grounds, but the numbers were less than impressive. That has all changed now and Dorado are essentially on tap at all the fishing grounds where you would expect to see them. From Yelapa to Corbeteña, you will find something sizeable and edible for the dinner table, and I am not talking about your boot amigo!

Monster Dorado at  Corbeteña

Monster Dorado at Corbeteña

With PV moving into high gear as the season progresses nicely, Dorado are the story this week. So let’s just jump to the subject. Everywhere from Yelapa in the bay to Corbeteña thirty five miles out from Marina Vallarta, you will find Dorado for the dinner table amigos. Nothing special here to know, all you need to do is have some poppers handy, some Google Eyes on hand and you can come in with fish, a lot of fish , within reason of course and with the regulations in mind amigos! But there is a lot more than just Dorado in the bay for those looking for some affordable fun or you want to head out for Moby Dick, no matter what you are looking for, this is the time of year to find it!

 

Corbeteña has been the place to be for the last three weeks or so. With every Trophy Fish Puerto Vallarta has to offer with Black Marlin lagging a little. So what do you want, Blue Marlin to 600 lbs, Yellowfin Tuna averaging 175 lbs. with Monsters in the area. Dorado now are in the 40 to 50 lb range and hungry. Sailfish are here as well and getting more and more abundant by the day.  Clean, clear and blue water in the 84 degree area is just what the fishing gods ordered. Those heading out looking for Tuna need to remember to keep an eye on the moon phase. Full moons are for fishing early or late bites. But mid day will most likely be disappointing. For some reason we are not seeing any issue with the moon phase with Marlin or Sails. Or any other species or trophy game fish at the rock. The really nice thing is that the Rock is deserted. If you see five boats out there it would be considered crowded! No worries of overcrowding chasing fish down or out.

Yellowfin Tuna, 70lbs at  Corbeteña

Yellowfin Tuna, 70lbs at Corbeteña

El Banco, just say no to El Banco until somebody comes in with some fish. A couple of boats headed out to the high spots, got a couple of bites, no hook-ups. Don´t know what the deal with El Banco is, but then again do any of us really know anything in the world of Deep Sea Fishing. Just keep your ears open and your fuel tank full, these conditions here cannot last much longer amigos.

Not many heading out to the Marietta Islands this past week once more. Seems those heading out are going in other directions. But there are always Skip Jack Tuna, Bonito, Rooster Fish; Needle fish (False Marlin), Snappers, Dorado (now) and the list goes on. For the fuel dollar Punta Mita is probably a better idea, for this moment anyway….

Punta Mita is a Dorado Machine right now. It really doesn`t matter what you are running for bait, they will hit it harder than my wife used to hit her Nordstrom’s Credit Card at their annual sale! Dorado from 20 to 35 lbs, Sailfish in the 80 to 100 lb range and a fair shot at a Rooster Fish near Sayulita makes this area perfect for those looking for a shorter day of 8 hrs and a pay off in your limit on Dorado! For those of you wondering where these gold and blue beauties have been, well we know where they are now! So get off your duffs and take advantage of this before things change… and they always change amigos.

For anyone hearing there are no fish in the bay from promoters trying to get you to spend more money, walk away from these guys. The Trash line is only out to the Yelapa area with the rains being a little sparse for the last few weeks means the bay is accomadating. This means Dorado, Skippies (Skip Jack Tuna), Football Tuna, even some small Sailfish are just at the south end of the bay waiting for you to put something in front of them!! They will hit just about anything, so you don´t need to be a rigging genius, just flip a popper, diamond jig, Rapalla, hell use your car keys with a hook, it will all work well. For the few times when the bay is like fishing in a barrel, this is where we are now. For those out there looking at some dirty water, it may be bad for swimming or snorkeling, but the fish and many of us also know that this dirty water many, many times can be from a few inches to a few feet thick. Not hard to overcome. I suggest running a planer about two to three feed down, run from the clear side of the t rash line into the dirty water and see if you get a hit.

So there you have it, the latest and the greatest when it comes to fishing here in Puerto Vallarta. The fishing is great, plenty of fish or all species. Perfect water conditions, hungry fish, uncrowded, I mean what more can you ask for… well free fuel would be nice, but highly unlikely this fantasy will ever happen… Ha Ha Ha…. For those with the time, the money and the inclination Puerto Vallarta fishing is coming into its own right now. The only thing missing is you!

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.

Update, illegal Master Baiter’s Closes, but web page still up for now

Update, illegal Master Baiter’s Closes, but web page still up for now

For many, there has been questions about Master Baiter´s and now there are finally some answers I can give you to clear up the confusion.

First, I have control of the trade marks now for Master Baiter´s. I always did, but was challenged by the woman who had a franchise to u s and sold clothing with Master Baiter´s logo on it…. One day when I told Magda Pierda that I now had the trade marks in my name since my brother had abandoned the store and left me with all  his debt.

Magda Piedra told me to go screw myself and that she was going to use MY LEGAL TRADE MARK if I liked it or not…. My brother had the rights to the web site, so he essentially gave her the web site I had rescued. This is why the other MBaiters was rated higher than my http://www.masterbaiters.com.mx site.

When I discovered she was telling clients that she was in fact ME, this is when the issue started. Magda Piedra filed papers with IMPI the trade mark arm of the mexican govt and then the shit began. She had essentially lied to the courts and the courts found in her favor making it look like I was this rich gringos guy trying to push a poor Mexican Female out of business. When I appealed with my attorney the judgement was given to me, Stan Gabruk who legally and rightfully owns the trade mark.

Stan Gabruk in front of Master Baiter´s shop on the boardwalk in Marina Vallarta

Stan Gabruk in front of Master Baiter´s shop on the boardwalk in Marina Vallarta

Once it became obvious that she had lost the trade marks, she closed her down town store down and left for Cancun. She is still there with her husband Sasha who happens to be working at the Buena Ventura Hotel…

Under Mexican Law, she is in deep problems, she first lied to the court, which is serious and we proved it. She then put up a web page meant to fool people into thinking they were indeed me… She slandered my company  the whole way and she is now on the run. The web page is not yet closed down, I am trying to get the page and have it all forwarded to my web site so it does not matter which site you go to, they come to me…..

Our Origional Design, Nostalgic and still a big seller

Our Origional Design, Nostalgic and still a big seller

The long and short of it is that my brother John Gabruk is not involved with the company on any level now and will never be a representative of this company again.  The Master Baiter´s reputation has been restored and the company is in the same situation as the rest of the city as we struggle to get through some tough times as the  American press tells the public that it is dangerous to come to Mexico. This of course is a BIG FAT LIE, but fear works and the Obama administration through the liberal press is attacking Mexico to keep your tourism dollars at home by putting the fear of god into those thinking or Mexico for a vacation spot… but this is another story…

Magda is now responsible for 60% of every peso she made using my trade marks. She is also liable under the courts for damages, which can be six times the amount of the money she made, plus paying the outrageous legal fees I have for this fiasco.

So there you go folks, you will have to wait for the book to get the whole story, but for now there is only one Master Baiter´s Sportfishing and Tackle in Puerto Vallarta and that is in Marina Vallarta amigos… The web page is still up, we have to go through the legal process again, but this is a no brainer now and we will be marching down these legal paths as fast as Mexican Law can move…..

To those Bloody Decks guys that still spew lies on the site, Master Baiter´s is still the premier fishing company in Puerto Vallarta. The only company with the balls to offer  a 30% Money Back Guarantee if you come in with no game fish on full priced charters! Master Baiter´s is now and always has been willing to take the chance with you that you could come in sin fish! If we return the money, if you came back with no fish, you only pay for the cost of operation amigos. Nobody who you read about or who is blowing smoke up each others backside has the balls to do this and never will! So F-Ck YoU bLoOdY dIcKs…. when it comes to Vallarta you all are just little liars who think you actually have some sort of lock on the fishing market. For the record I was banned from Bloody Decks after I threatened to hit them with a law suit after this Drew Guy, a prominent figure on the PV side said I was stealing deposits… You never  heard of the issues being taken care of, that would go against their plan.

I took over the company in the thick of this mess and turned it around. I still have great boats with English-speaking captains working for  me. So stay tuned for up coming notices and keep an eye on my web page http://www.masterbaiters.com.mx for updates on what the real deal is on Puerto Vallarta.

Three years ago there were like 25 owner operated fishing companies in PV, today there are like 5, 2 of which are setting fishing trip prices below their cost. Clients come in to us and want to compare prices, I tell them that the price they are quoting me is impossible and less than what it cost for the boat to operate. These greedy clients then go back the CHEAP provider, give him half the money down for the fishing trip (which should be a clue) and then the morning of the trip, no boat, no agent and when they look for this person, he is gone like a ghost. The other people working in that location, they don´t have a clue as to where this cockroach is, what would you expect. These clients then come in and tell me how they got screwed , after I told them what the real deal was. I tried to tell them and others of the situation, but it sounds like I am cutting down the competition. When it comes to reputable companies either brokering or owner operators, I have no problem. When the local govt does not police the timeshare industry or pirates roaming the Marina, then business is doomed as we are now…..

So to sum things up, Master Baiter´s Sportfishing & Tackle is still standing and still providing superior service to past and future clients. You can find my Facebook page under the name MasterBaiter Stan for now. I have over 3,000 friends who are interested in the game of fishing from a professional perspective and amateurs alike. It is my goal to make my FBook site a real social networking site where you can type in a question and someone will get an answer to you…. so hit me up amigos…..Facebook: MasterBaiter Stan … I will be looking to hear from you.

Remember, if you are not talking with Stan Gabruk personally, you are not dealing with Master Baiter´s. If you come to Marina Vallarta and ask for Master Baiter`s,   who ever you are talking with will tell you I am dead, out of business or  point you in the wrong direction. This is competition in Mexico for you….

Now that I am at the point where I can put this legal battle behind me, I will be looking for another shop in Marina Vallarta where I will get back into Tackle, Tours, Clothing and of course fishing. Feel free to call or contact me on any subject about Puerto Vallarta…

Remember, At master Baiter´s Sportfishing and Tackle, We Won´t Jerk You Around!

Until Next  Time, this is Stan Gabruk welcoming your questions and business…….. And Don´t Forget to Kiss Your Fish!

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.

 

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

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

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

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

Dorado in the bay... Robert Dunn Party

Dorado in the bay... Robert Dunn Party

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Marina Vallarta Sunset with El Faro Bar prominent

Marina Vallarta Sunset with El Faro Bar prominent

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yellowfin Tuna Everywhere, Patience Pays Off, Sailfish at Yelapa

Yellowfin Tuna Everywhere, Patience Pays Off, Sailfish at Yelapa

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Quickie Report: Hurrican Dora Fizzles Out!

Hurrican Dora passed Puerto Vallarta today without an incident and none was expected.

As I have been writing about the last few days, the warm water is closer to shore with cooler currents about 250 mles out. This is why I believe the last three hurricanes have run out of gas as they pass Puerto Vallarta….

As we stand Hurricane is now a category 1 hurricane with diminished winds and will soon be just a good blow on the water , not a danger…

It may still raise the ocean swells, but that will not last long as well…. The port was not closed today, so that is a positive sign we may see no affects from this storm at all.. lets hope…..

 Hurricane Dora is now a Cat 1 and fizzeling out !

Hurricane Dora is now a Cat 1 and fizzeling out !

Quickie: Hurrican Dora Continues on Predicted path, No Public Warnings for Coastlines!

Hurricane Dora is still working its way North West….

Winds are from 155mph with gust  to 190 mph…. It´s moving NW at 11 mph and will bring rain, thunder storms and wind for the next 24 hrs with lingering rain coming towards PV for today and probably tomorrow…

There are no public warnings for the coat line up to Cabo San Lucas although we should expect some swells to 12 ft w th short intervals anytime from this point until Saturday. Southern facing beaches will have some large waves of six feet and up …. surfers get  your boards ready….

In the bay fishing is fantastic for Dorado and YF Tuna footballs… four or six hours is all you need if looking for action and not exactly looking to hook-up with Moby Dick, you´ll have fun!

Below is the latest and greatest for Hurrican Dora´s path… right now it h as been accurate within 15 Nautical Miles…

Hurricane Dora Track 7/21/2011

Hurricane Dora Track 7/21/2011

Marine Forcast link below for those interested….

Marine Forecast : http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/ep201104.marine.html#a_topad

Stan

Master Baiter`s sportfishing and Tackle

http://www.masterbaiters.com.mx

Quickie Report: Hurrican Dora Marches up the west coast of Mexico

The latest and greatest on the storm activity likely to affect Puerto Vallarta is Hurricane Dora….

Dora is moving quickly at about 17 mph and is causing waves on the shoreline. Dora is only 250 or so miles out to sea in the warm water currents. But the projections say once it heads farther north or east, it will most likely peter-out… We have seen this several times already this year, once these tropical storms turned Hurricane head west, they lose gas because of the cooler currents ….

Be prepared to have the port authority close the port.to boats fishing outside of the bay…. If you have an insured boa t, this means if you head out past  the point of the Marietta Islands, and something does happen  then you are S.O.L Amigo….

Inside the bay, no worries, the norther shores will see some wave action, with some good sized waves up to the 12 height possible, most likely in the 6 ft range…..

Friday or saturday at El Banco or  Corbeteña could be the place to be with Hurricanes forcing fish out of it´s path, they will most likely move inward towards shore. So watch the currents and the swell activity before heading out……. Master Baiter Stan…. http://www.masterbaiters.com.mx

5 Day Projection for Hurricane Dora July 20 2011

5 Day Projection for Hurricane Dora July 20 2011

 

Quickly.. Fishing: Yellowfin tuna are from 40 to 200 lbs. Some days in the bay can be better than at  El Banco if looking for action and not size… Dorado are still fickle and the Marlin are ranging from 350 lbs to 650 lbs… just depends.

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That is all for now…. Stan

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