Spring Marches into summer as Sailfish and Dorado Move into PV’s Fishing Grounds!

Spring Marches into summer as Sailfish and Dorado Move into PV’s Fishing Grounds!

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

Sitting in my chair sometimes can be a little frustrating when it comes to a popular subject like Sportfishing in Puerto Vallarta. Naturally we want to put a positive spin on things and point out what is good and try to stay away from anything negative. Normally we are in winter when we try to keep the visiting anglers spirits up. But we are moving into summer, spring is rapidly disappearing as we begin to feel the summer heat and humidity in and around the Bay of Banderas. With the summer heat and barely bare able humidity for the locals, this is when those world class gamefish of Sailfish, Marlin, Dorado and of course Yellowfin Tuna set up house at El Banco or Corbetena.  Looking at the Calendar you may think it’s July with the Available species at your finger tips, but it is still June which means it is early for this sort of fishing here in PV. So we’re happy with what we have for the time being and the fishing is great as long as you have fuel money and remember it’s still early season fishing. If you keep yourself with that state of mind, you will have a wonderful time fishing this month. The beautiful thing is you don’t have to head out for ten hours to catch some nice game fish. If you are looking for larger fish, then your day will be a little longer, but worth the effort.

Yellowfin Tuna Footballs at El Banco with Michelle Crosby on Animal House

Yellowfin Tuna Footballs at El Banco with Michelle Crosby on Animal House

This week we have seen the Sailfish moving into their primary summer hang-outs, off Punta Mita, Cabo Corrientes, El Morro and the Marietta Islands.  With plenty of bait in the water in the form of Bonito and Skip Jack Tuna, they are having a field day. The water has been very, very blue, almost Cancun blue so the visibility in the water is great for these hungry gamefish for sure. For the coming weeks and months we will be talking about these reliable Billfish in the 8 hr range for the most part. But Sailfish are not limited to closer fishing destinations, you will find them anywhere there is bait and blue water.

Yellowfin Tuna are still heavy in the area, but they are moving or I should say thinning out a little in the bay. The  last few weeks a four hour day fishing off Yelapa or Chimo was a no brainer and it was actually better fishing here than at the deep water locations. Well that is changing now as we see the numbers of Yellowfin Tuna in the 10 to 30 lb range moving around the bay out to the point of Cabo Corrientes where ten miles off the light house you can still hit Black Marlin in the smaller range. Yellowfin Tuna can run up to 100 lbs on rare instances and of course there are Sailfish as we mentioned earlier. Last week we were changing lures every fifteen minutes, now we are seeing simple old fashioned plugs like Cedar Plugs work. I gave some painted plugs of purple to Capt. Tory off Bella Del Mar the other day which he said worked great. Of course he lost one of the two I gave him, so we restocked the boat and they’re out there now giving them a work out. Don’t be afraid to switch your rigs if they aren’t working in 20 minutes or so. Anything is possible and the possibilities change every day. Keep your Mexican ears open on the radio as well, many times they captains are sharing what is working in different areas and this can be a help to you as well. That is if you understand Spanish, so have the crew keep an open ear.

Dorado have been on the slim to none side lately. Punta Mita is showing some signs of life out there with Dorado or Mahi Mahi five to ten miles off the point right up to the rocks off the point. Corbetena has also seen more of these gold and blue beauties move in as well. For now we are still on the low side of what we would be normally seeing when it comes to Dorado here, stay tuned, this will improve as the weeks move by and we enter July….

There has been Black Marlin in the area between Cabo Corrientes and Corbetena, but not at the Rock, strange indeed. There have been some Black Marlin at El Banco, but it is still early for Marlin as we all know, so anything here is a blessing.

The Summer savior, Sierra Mackerels are picking up in number and they will be a day saver for those looking for short days and lots of light tackle action. Bonito, Skip Jack Tuna, Needle fish and more will keep the bay happening. When the rains start in earnest, we will see the trash line form where Dorado and Rooster fish love to feed on the organic materials that flow into the bay. Snook will be doing the same thing at the river mouths.

Here in Puerto Vallarta we have seen many evenings that are threatening rain, but so far the seasonal rains have not started. This is something the locals look and hope for since it will for one thing make the area fresh for a while until the sun steams things up again. But more importantly with the rains the area explodes with fish and the rain water hitting the surface looks like small bait fish hitting the surface. It drives them nutz, but this is when it rains.

Yellowfin Tuna, 35lbs, Michelle Stewart Crosby, Ed McClintock, El Banco, Animal House

Yellowfin Tuna, 35lbs, Michelle Stewart Crosby, Ed McClintock, El Banco, Animal House

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!”

Sailfish at Cabo Corrientes on Magnifico, 1st Mate lobo, Capt. Cesar

Sailfish at Cabo Corrientes on Magnifico, 1st Mate lobo, Capt. Cesar

 

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. We work for your business which explains why seventy percent of my business at Master Baiter´s is return business! You work hard for your precious vacation, money is hard enough to come by, you don´t need to worry about the companies you are dealing with! 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.  Always ask to speak with Stan to insure product quality and to insure you are working with the true Master Baiter´s ® and not an imposter

 

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Yellowfin Tuna Invade El Banco, Puerto Vallarta Fishing Just Got Good!

Yellowfin Tuna Invade El Banco, Puerto Vallarta Fishing Just Got Good!

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

Normally as we enter June we don’t expect much in the way of Tuna Fishing, but then again we only think we can predict what is going to happen around Puerto Vallarta and the world famous fishing grounds we are known for. Famous or not, we never really know what we’re going to get out there. So I guess fishing is like a box of chocolates, you never really know what you’re going to get until you sink your teeth into it! Right now we are sinking our teeth into Yellowfin Tuna, nothing considered monsters or Cows for sure, but big enough to be worth your while and fuel dollar to head out to El Banco! Now that I’ve got your panties wet, the Yellowfin are the primary species in any of the fishing grounds right now! So now what are you going to do? Summer is here and it´s time to put your money where your finned fantasy lies. Stay tuned!

Yellowfin Tuna At El Banco, They are everywhere, Use Lures and live bait!

Yellowfin Tuna At El Banco, They are everywhere, Use Lures and live bait!

Let’s start with the real news. For the last couple of weeks we’ve had bait, perfect water temperatures, clear green water, and nobody heading out to the fishing grounds due to the seasonal slump that normally comes in May and early June. But we are moving out of that period now and we have Yellowfin Tuna coming out of our ears at El Banco! That’s right folks, El Banco has come to life with good sized fish in the 40 to 80 lb range. Plentiful, hungry, aggressive, all those words apply to what is happening out there right now. As normal when the Yellowfin Tuna invade El Banco, the abundant bait is less abundant as they stuff themselves. Right now if you rigged your car keys with a hook, you would be catching fish as fast as you could boat them. Now this is some straight up news amigos and this may not last for long as these Yellowfin Tuna have a tendency to move in, and then move out. But for now, they are here and hanging around the high spots. But if for some reason you’re a few miles off the peaks, no worries, there are Yellowfin everywhere. One strange thing is you won’t see diving birds indicating where the fish are! So don´t be fooled, they are there and they are looking for a free meal, plastic, wood or living, they will hit anything you put in front of them for sure, so you don’t need much more than a pole and a shinny hook! Lures, Cedar plugs, it is all working so just get your butt out there! And do it now! For the record, the water is BLUE, 85 degrees with smooth seas.

Something I have not mentioned lately is that Marlin are trickling into the area. Again off El Banco there have been some Striped Marlin in the 250 lb range and some Sailfish sightings with very few being boated! This is just the beginning so be patient.

Corbeteña, if you are at this moment looking for Yellowfin at Corbeteña, forget it. Not there and for some reason the conditions are perfect for every sportfish we have there as well. So until things start firing there, don’t waste your time, money or fuel here. Of course we have Cubera Snappers, and other smaller fish, but nothing I would be hunting for at this moment… stay tuned, this could change before you finish reading this report!

The Marietta Islands after a winter of nonstop action has slowed down. There are still Rooster fish, but not abundant. There are lots of Jack Crevalls, but they will be moving out shortly, frankly I am still surprised they are in the bay with water temperature climbing by the day. Bonito, Skippies (small skip jack tuna), Needle fish or False Marlin as they are called are picking up in numbers. A weird looking tubular fish, they fight very well and are perfect for kids in the bay or at the Islands. For now a day will produce smaller gamefish, perfect for light tackle days.  Now when the Sailfish move-in with larger numbers the Marietta Islands will have Sailfishas well, so save those pennies and dimes for a few weeks more and we should see some changes. Or that is what my crystal ball shows, but it’s a little hard to see around the cracks and duct tape so don’t hold me to this!

First mate Fleco, Me (Stan Gabruk), and Capt. Tori, 6 hrs in the Bay

First mate Fleco, Me (Stan Gabruk), and Capt. Tori, 6 hrs in the Bay

Off Punta Mita, a place I haven’t spoken much of in the last few months, but there are Sailfish off the point about seven miles. The numbers have been increasing, very few heading out for Sailfish right now, but this will change shortly since an 8 hour day will get you some Billfish! Live bait is king and they are taking baits if you come across one. So good luck and send me a picture of what you caught!

Inside the bay is still alive with some great light tackle action. Skippies or Skip Jack Tuna have been all over the southern end of the bay from Yelapa to the tip of Cabo Corrientes. Magnifico the other day was boating 40 lb Yellowfin Tuna like crazy.  Jack Crevalls, Needle fish, Bonito and when the rains start shortly you´ll have the trash line to work as well. So hang in there, the field is ready for all the players to arrive.

Just a reminder, the Marina Vallarta is empty, yet it is still the ¨Other Malicon or Boardwalk¨ in Vallarta. With 15 restaurants and tons of shopping you can find that little something you just have to give _____ insert name… Don’t forget to visit El Faro Bar or the Light House Bar depending on if you speak Spanish or English. It is atop the light house on the boardwalk in the village in Marina Vallarta. With appetizers and a great drink menu they can order Italian food from my favorite restaurant in Marina Vallarta, Dante Ristorante. So tell Teresa in the El Faro Bar that Stan from Master Baiter’s said to come by and check out a sunset in the most romantic view and bar in Puerto Vallarta. You´ll be glad you did…

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. We work for your business which explains why seventy percent of my business at Master Baiter´s is return business! You work hard for your precious vacation, money is hard enough to come by, you don´t need to worry about the companies you are dealing with! 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.  Always ask to speak with Stan to insure product quality and to insure you are working with the true Master Baiter´s ® and not an imposter

 

Puerto Vallarta Fishing Just Got Strange, Plenty of Bait, Marlin in the Bay?

Puerto Vallarta Fishing Just Got Strange, Plenty of Bait, Marlin in the Bay?

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

It’s an amazing thing out there right now, nothing is as you would hope for and yet we are ass still positive about the upcoming season. The water temperatures are right, the water is either clear green or blue if you are out far enough. Bait is not an issue, plenty of bait for sure, which is always a good thing! The stage is set, now all we need are the players. That is not to say there are no fish, but if you are heading out to the deep water locations of Corbeteña and El Banco, your fuel dollars can be better spent right now.

Lets touch bases on the deep, blue water locations of El Banco and Corbeteña. What you have to look forward to is blue water about 28 miles out from Marina Vallarta. You will see lots of bait in the water, but you won’t find any fish. My suggestion on Corbeteña is to head out to the drop, about 15 miles or so west of the rock and see what may be there. There has been the occasional Dorado and Striped Marlin Hook-up, but not enough to get me to open my wallet for ever increasing fuel prices! The Same goes for El Banco, you may find something if you head out far enough, but GuerroAzteca headed out for a two day trip and found nothing but nothing to interested in the baits they were offering. So for the present, steer clear of these normally hot summer locations.

 Black Marlin at Cabo Corrientes?? You  Bet.... Closer in than you might think!

Black Marlin at Cabo Corrientes?? You Bet.... Closer in than you might think!

North, quite a ways north is Guyavitos and they have fish, probably. Sailfish and Striped Marlin have been hanging out about 20 miles or so off shore. Dorado are also in the area and the ones that have been boated are of good size in the 30 to 40ish pound range. You will spend the whole day looking for fish in this area, but if you are hungry for billfish, then this is probably you r best bet right now….

Punta Mita is a little slow right now, but some of these ¨wise guy¨ captains have been setting up buoys of coconut palm leaves in the Punta Mita Area closer in. So if you are not one of the privileged few to know the locations, run the sounder in the usual locations and you will know where to find them. Bait fish and diving birds that don’t move is a strong indication of what is going on there.

The Marietta Islands are less than spectacular right now, again with the clear green water which is loaded with bait in the form of Skip Jack Tuna and Bonito. Rooster Fish are still here in diminishing numbers, but the few that have been boated are in the 40 lb range. But be patient, they won’t be jumping in the boat amigo!  Still for the buck, I would consider this location if you´re flush with fuel cash… There have been a few Dorado here as well, small, but encouraging for sure. Stay tuned….

699  lb Black Marlin, June 6, 2006.... This is the pattern Early to Mid June Yearly

699 lb Black Marlin, June 6, 2006.... This is the pattern Early to Mid June Yearly

Strange enough, the place to be right now is in the bay if you are looking for some decent action. No kidding, Jack Crevalls, Skippies (Skip Jack Tuna) in the 20lb range,  Bonito about the same size. Snappers around the rocks and soon with the seasonal rains on the way, there will be Robalo going crazy near the river mouths as all that organic food like leaves, bugs, seeds, roll down the mountains directly into the fish food chain! Off Yelapa there has been so much bait and the water is perfect temperature that a Black Marlin, 150 lbs only, was boated about twelve miles off the beach. Strange stuff indeed, but I guess it just shows fish are where you find them!

Further south in the bay, Cabo Corrientes specifically is really a great place to head out to with some light tackle.  Skip Jack Tuna a little larger in the 40 lb range are there taking baits like nutz!  Magnifico boated a  Black Ma rlin  and then yesterday hit a 100 lb Plus Yellow Fin Tuna. So this area is firing right now. Head out to Chimo and drop anything you want, they will hit it lure wise. Lures are working better than live bait for this brief moment in time. Yellow, the Mexican flag (green, white & red), Rapallas, Blue, Daisy Chains, you name it, give it a try on light tackle. You´ll be glad you did. It would not surprise me much if you found Sailfish in the area and maybe some Marlin if you head out a little ways. Of course this all depends on how thick your wallet is!  A ten hour day will show some results. With some luck you may find Sailfish there as well….

As we enter June the Marlin normally, notice I say normally…. Come in. We get a week of big Billfish like Blue or Black Marlin mix in the deep water locations. Could be the first, second or even third week, but it has been a pattern now for the last few years and hopefully we can count on this to hold true. Cross your fingers, toes and whatever else you can cross on your body, stay away from crossing your eyes, we wouldn´t want to get anything stuck now would we??

Very few boats heading out in the mornings gives us a pretty thin thread to base a fishing report. But Magnifico has been heading out to the areas I just mentioned and as one of the finest boats in the Marina Vallarta, everyone will agree in the know, if they don´t catch fish, there are no fish to be had. Now they have been coming in with fish, but it has been work. No worries, it´s late May and things will start to pick up again hopefully in Mid June. It´s just a matter of time before we see larger Yellowfin Tuna turn up along with their running mates of Black and Blue Marlin.

With the Bonito and especially the Skip Jack Tuna out there, it is just a matter of time before we see desired results of big fish moving into the area. Let’s hope it’s sooner than later.

I know I write a lot about how you need to be careful with cab drivers. But I had this gentleman come in today, a regular reader, tell me a story of how he left 20 pesos with a cab driver who promised to bring him change in the morning. Ordinarilly this sort of situation would wind up with this trusting sole never seeing his change. You see if a cab driver does not have change, you don’t legally have to pay the guy and frankly I wouldn’t have given this guy the extra trust. But I just wanted to balance out the comments, there are good people who are trust worthy out there… I love Mexico!

El Faro Bar, At The Top of The Light Hose, Sunsets, Lightening, Romance is here!

El Faro Bar, At The Top of The Light Hose, Sunsets, Lightening, Romance is here!

Just a reminder, the Marina Vallarta is empty, yet it is still the ¨Other Malicon or Boardwalk¨ in Vallarta. With 15 restaurants and tons of shopping you can find that little something you just have to give _____ insert name… Don’t forget to visit El Faro Bar or the Light House Bar depending on if you speak Spanish or English. It is atop the light house on the boardwalk in the village in Marina Vallarta. With appetizers and a great drink menu they can order Italian food from my favorite restaurant in Marina Vallarta, Dante Ristorante. So tell Teresa in the El Faro Bar that Stan from Master Baiter’s said to come by and check out a sunset in the most romantic view and bar in Puerto Vallarta. You´ll be glad you did…

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. We work for your business which explains why seventy percent of my business at Master Baiter´s is return business! You work hard for your precious vacation, money is hard enough to come by, you don´t need to worry about the companies you are dealing with! 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.  Always ask to speak with Stan to insure product quality and to insure you are working with the true Master Baiter´s ® and not an imposter

 

Puerto Vallarta Fishing Stagnates Slightly as Summer Slowly Rolls in

Puerto Vallarta Fishing Stagnates Slightly as Summer Slowly Rolls in

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

I have been a little reluctant to write this fishing report since what was working well has suddenly come to a screeching halt. This is not exactly unexpected, but it still isn´t something we can be happy about. Water temperatures are hovering in the 78 degree range with changing currents. As a result the water has turned a mercy-clear brown at the Marietta Islands and will probably be spreading to El Banco and Corbeteña. May is a transition month and the winter fish are moving out as the summer fish are rolling in slowly. With tourism down, I guess that if this is going to happen, it is a good thing it is happening now. Now this is not to say there are no fish to be had…. Stay tuned!

For the last several months the Marietta Islands have been the place to be. As we all know nothing stays the same forever and the fishing has fallen off a little lately. The last few days an eight hour trip to the Marietta‘s has still been productive, but not like a few weeks ago. One change in the area is that Bonito are moving in, the first sign that summer is creeping up on us. Jack Crevallsare becoming less abundant and what we were seeing in the bay is thinning out. Nothing strange here, again, the seasons are changing.

Sailfish At Corbeteña

Sailfish At Corbeteña

There are still Dorado north of Punta Mita, but you may find them smaller than you would hope for at 15 to 25 lbs. May is right on time for these fish, but when they move in like they seem to be, then larger Dorado can spring up on you in a heartbeat. So be positive, be equipped and give it a chance. If you don´t see any Dorado, then head to Anclote to see if there are still any Rooster Fish in the area. With a little luck you´ll find some light tackle action. Use Google Eyes for live bait or Diamond Jigs before you jump into color, lures that is.

Inside the bay the Skip Jack Tuna have returned around the Yelapa to the point of Cabo Corrientes. Sierra Mackerals are a thing of the past these days as water temperatures increase. Jack Crevalls are dropping in numbers quickly as we see Needle fish begin to take their place. Yes folks, it´s May, the transition month. Bonito are moving in with the Skippies as well. To have these 20lb game fish in the area is a big draw for Billfish. Inside the bay, these are great fish for those looking for some arm burning act ion on light tackle. Fishing on the fly is perfect around the rocks near Los Arcos. The shallows and  rock reefs in Nuevo Vallarta is a place where Skippies will hang out on occasion, so if on a short day, this may be an area to remember as everyone heads south!

El Banco has been quiet. With tourism down once again we are having a hard time getting a feel for what is happening there. Normally what happens at Corbeteña will happen sooner or later at El Banco.

Now Corbeteña on the other hand is opening it’s sleepy eyes as Skip Jack Tuna of 20 to 30 lbs reappear in their summer playground. Naturally the Sailfish and Striped Marlin there are happy to see them as well. Google Eyes for live bait have been working well, but lures are doing well also. Petrileros are on top of the list with purple combinations being a good second choice. Don´t be afraid to mix colors up when trolling. They are fickle creatures and you may find something different will catch their eyes, so be creative amigos. The Sailfish are small in the 50 to 70 lb range and the Striped Marlin are only in the 125 to 175 lb range. So have fun and remember to release these ¨Babies¨ to live and play another day!

People are always asking me why some boats are price one way and others are priced another way. When looking for a fishing boat, remember it all comes down to what you want to pay, and what you expect for the money. If you are one of those guys who thinks a fishing boat is a fishing boat, then you’re right. If you are one of those types who want a great and experienced captain, first mate and excellent working boat, then you are right as well… Here in Puerto Vallarta there are times when you can catch fish on your car keys. In those times you don’t need anything special, even electronics are a waste if you are surface trolling and hitting bait balls with diving birds. A cheap boat can catch fish just as well as an expensive boat in those cases. The difference is when the fishing is not like fishing in a barrel, then is when you might expect to pay for a better level of professionalism. Many times it can come down to the color of the lure you are running. Other times you can run a silver diamond jig and come back in looking like a king. But when it comes to deep water fishing, you might want to know where the ridges and valleys are. Without Electronics, you have no clue where they are exactly. If you are at El Banco, many a time I have only caught fish directly over the high spot! Twenty feet off the spots and forget it, no fish. Or what do you do when the fish, Yellow Tuna in particular,     when they go deep how do you know what depth to set your down rigger? Fast boats are also going to cost more than a slower boat. Now if you are heading into the bay, a slow boat to China will be to your liking. But fast boats, boats that actually use fuel as it goes up in price, well you´ll have to pay a little more for those. Remember, you are paying for time with your line in the water, not heading out and back from the fishing grounds. If you are looking at a cheap boat that needs to find a different captain every time it heads out, then they will be an economy boat that may catch fish and you´ll hopefully have fun. But there are those who want an experienced Captain who has a track record of catching fish when POSERS are telling how good they are, yet are ill-equipped to the challenge, lacking  in skill and knowledge , with a low level of equipment and tackle. But then again, this will cost you more money. So how do you find a boat that is a happy balance between price and quality?  Well when you figure that one out, let me know. Boats don´t have to be pretty, but appearance is always a sign of maintenance. Your captain doesn’t have to speak English, but communication is a good thing. You don´t have to get a boat that provides bait, but you´ll have to pay for it anyway on the way out. You don’t have to head out on an insured boat and there are many that are not, but what if something happens? It all comes down to price vs. expectations. Me, I want fish, I know nothing is free and I also know that if everyone is in one price range, the cheapest guy wins almost all the time for those looking to go fishing on a slim budget. More expensive boats with better captains and clients who are willing to pay for this level of world class fishing, will find the extra expense is always worth it if the difference means not catching fish. So how do you pick a boat?

Well that is about it for now, 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. We work for your business which explains why seventy percent of my business at Master Baiter´s is return business! You work hard for your precious vacation, money is hard enough to come by, you don´t need to worry about the companies you are dealing with! 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.  Always ask to speak with Stan to insure product quality and to insure you are working with the true Master Baiter´s ® and not an imposter

Sailfish, Striped Marlin Finally Find Puerto Vallarta Fishing Grounds!

Sailfish, Striped Marlin Finally Find Puerto Vallarta Fishing Grounds!

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

 

Finally, I have something to write about, Sailfish and Striped Marlin have finally made an appearance in Puerto Vallarta fishing Grounds. Finally we have a reason to head out to Corbeteña and actually have fish that are ready and anxious to attack a Google Eye!

OK, first things first, the water temperatures are in the 76 to 78 degree mark and have increased rapidly in the last week. The humidity (79%) in the air is thick and the temperatures are only about 81. We are on the verge of an early rainy season, yet we are late for Sailfish by about a month and half. From this point forward we will see some rapid changes in air temperatures, water temperatures and water clarity. With the current changes and the soon to come seasonal rains there may be some dirty water issues, like we all have learned to expect. But for now the water is a kinda clear brown / green color. Not blue, but clear enough to see your bait! With plenty of Google Eyes on hand you will catch the early season billfish off Corbeteña. In fact 7 miles off the Rock you´ll find Sails and Stripers! Just find your way out there and you´ll catch fish right now! If you are looking for Blue water by the way it is about 100 miles out. This is good news even if it is a little on the far side.

 Sailfish and Striped Marlin at Corbeteña

Sailfish and Striped Marlin at Corbeteña

El Banco is a different story, nothing but a few Jack Crevalls out there for the moment. No real reports coming in from this area, but one thing is for sure, this condition will not remain the same for much longer. Keep an eye on my articles and blog (www.masterbaiters.wordpress.com) to keep up with the latest and greatest.. Things may change rapidly in the next few months!

Off Sayulita we are finally seeing some Dorado, that’s right I said Dorado, but keep calm they´re very, very small of six to nine kilos or under 15 pounds…. But again we all know this will improve quickly!

Update May 11:  Suddenly Dorado have appeared around the point and at Sayulita. These beauties are running anywhere from 30 to 45lbs and it was a real surprise to see Dorado turn up in this size range since we have seen nothing of size to speak of. 8 hr day will get you several species these days with more coming…..

Skip Jack Tuna have turned back up in the bay near Yelapa! Now when the Skippies return, this is the first sign the water temperatures have changed direction and as an indication, this is a signal we are on the door steps of summer! YeHa!! Lots of Jack Crevalls as well I the area, but this will change because these are cooler water fish which means they’re probably uncomfortable as it is right now. But when there is plenty of bait in the area, why leave? If you are around Los Arcos, the two large rocks in the bay past Conches Chinas, there are larger schools feeding on the surface, so a short day can be productive with small Tuna! This is bait for larger Yellowfin Tuna, so that can’t be bad!

If you are still looking for Large Rooster fish (30-70 lbs) and Snappers (25 – 40 lbs) then the Marietta Islands

El Morro, the same. For what seems like forever, the fishing in these two locations has been saving the day for fisherman for the last few month s and frankly if there weren’t any fish in these areas I would have had almost nothing to write about. I know my articles and blog have been a broken record, but this is changing and I couldn’t be happier. It won’t be long now before I turn into a broken record talking about Sailfish and Skip Jack Tuna hanging around the area. The question is what is going to happen to the Rooster Fish. We know they like warmer water and tolerate cooler water when there is plenty of bait!

It looks like we are about two weeks away from having some major billfish action at the usual places. When the Stripers show up, they like the water a little cooler than Blue and Black Marlin. So the Stripers will probably continue their trek to Cabo where the water is cooler and more to the Stripers liking!

With tourism in it’s slowest time of the year we are slow to be sure. High Season for tourism is gone, we will get the summer travelers who melt in the sun and humidity. On the other hand we will start to see the serious anglers looking for Monster Yellowfin Tuna, Black Marlin, Sailfish and the list is endless.  Hopefully May won´t be as bad as we expect and possibly the month ahead of us may be a super surprise for the better, keep your fingers and toes crossed!

For those of you looking to come to Puerto Vallarta for a fishing vacation I would like to remind you that summer can get busy here. Reserve early and keep your ear to the wind. If you would like to get on my Yellowfin Tuna list let me know. I will send you an email directly when we see our first ¨series¨ of Yellowfin Tuna. Once there is enough consistency I WILL post these facts in the articles as well. So you will be informed if you come back weekly amigos!

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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. We work for your business which explains why seventy percent of my business at Master Baiter´s is return business! You work hard for your precious vacation, money is hard enough to come by, you don´t need to worry about the companies you are dealing with! 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.  Always ask to speak with Stan to insure product quality and to insure you are working with the true Master Baiter´s ® and not an imposter

Quickie Report: Water Temperatures Rocket, Sailfish, Striped Marlin Sightings, Fishing High Season is coming fast!

 Rooster Fish at Litibu

Rooster Fish at Litibu

I don´t normally write something on my blog if there is nothing happening fishing wise, but I do like to let all thirty of you know when conditions are changing and what we think, hope would be a better word, might be a possibility, maybe….. you get the point.

The last few days the humidity has spiked to where the air temperatures in Puerto Vallarta have remained in the normal range (81 Degrees), the humidity shot up to 79% with a high pressure center sitting right over us , which means the 81 degrees felt like 94 degrees as per the weather channel! It was shocking to say the least how this just sprung up like this, the humidity that is. You may say ¨What does this mean to me¨?  Well every year as summer marches in you can feel the curtain of humidity envelop your body as you walk in the sun. May if the beginning of the heat and the humidity. For most people this is called low season when it comes to tourism. But in reality, we´re talking about fishing here and while the seasonal tourist leave before they melt, we of course know this is the sign we´ve been looking for.  For better or for worse, the seasonal changes are beginning now!

Water temperatures have jumped up to 79 degrees, four degrees warmer in just three days. This means the currents are changing and we are glad to see this. With the warm currents we will find the Sailfish and Marlin return shortly. In fact there have been several sightings near Guyavitos of Sailfish, Striped Marlin and now Dorado! YeHa! There is plenty of bait in the water, the conditions are perfect as they presently are for Billfish return. That‘s the positive news, but there is a down side to currents changing. And that would be the dirty water. You see the mountains here in the area are Adobe clay. When it rains in the summer this adobe silt works its way down to the bay via streams and rivers. This will eventually settle on the bottom of the bay and other areas near the bay. When the currents clash it creates swirling situations that basically mix it all up. Now this is a unwelcome sight or condition, but it is necessary since this is an early sign that the currents have changed in earnest!

Once again what does this mean to us as fisherman, well let’s hope it means more fish, the return of Dorado in larger numbers and the possibility of Yellowfin Footballs coming into the area. Now my crystal ball is broken, and the duct tape I have holding it together gets in the way, but this is what came through so let’s see what happens….

On the present conditions it is still all about Rooster Fish and Snappers at either Litibu, which is north of Punta Mita or the area around El Morro or the Marietta Islands. The temperature changes are a neutral condition to them…. No Sailfish or Marlin boated yet that I know of and with very few boats leaving to go fishing in the morning it is even more difficult to say what is exactly happening. Short days in the bay are always producing fish, but nothing the magazine reader would be interested in. Yet smaller kids and adults looking for a smaller game fish can still have a great time in four to six hours as well.

OK, that is it for now… remember, this is a quickie….  Report that is!  Hahahaa….

Big Snappers, Larger Rooster Fish hitting Large Rapallas!

Big Snappers, Larger Rooster Fish hitting Large Rapallas!

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

 

My desk top Weather Channel icon tells me today that it is 81degrees, Humidity over 70%, Smooth seas, and cool breezes in the evening. Puerto Vallarta (PV) is perfect weather for us Human types right now, but the calendar tells us that we are now moving into tourisms slow season. Many of the hotels will scale back employees, close down others for the summer and go into a holding pattern.  Gone or going are the family types who want to just go out in the bay for a short day, see some whales and catch Moby Dick! The Month of May is one of the worst for businesses in PV. Even the Mexican Nationals desert this jewel of a city. So much for people, now comes High Season for Fishing! As winter lingers on this has to be the longest run of Rooster Fish I have ever seen! For weeks now we have been seeing these Mohawk headed demons at the Marietta Islands and off Sayulita.

Little has changed as late and if you were targeting Rooster fish, you got your wish and fuel money’s worth for sure! The same goes for Pargo or Snappers as well. Plenty of bait, extremely smooth seas, perfect weather, clear green water or blue water farther out. The Roosters at the Marietta Islands and Sayulita are anywhere from 40lbs to 70lbs it just depends on your luck. There are still Grouper, Sierra Mackerals and a few Bonito at the Marietta Islands as well.

Snapper at the gaf, Marietta Islands, Puerto Vallarta

Snapper at the gaf, Marietta Islands, Puerto Vallarta

Snappers have also taken over the playground near both El Morro and the Marietta Islands. From mid-sized to larger anything is possible. The smallest keeper is about 20 lbs up to 45lbs on the Snappers, but larger sizes on the Pargo.

Dorado Sightings ten miles outside of Corbeteña is the first Dorado seen in this area. This is a good sign, but my crystal ball has a crack in it and the duct tape keeps getting in the way. The best I can make out is the water temperatures are warming up daily, ever so slightly. There have been flying fish at El Banco, but they come in quickly and leave quickly. As a favorite food of Marlin and Sailfish you would expect to see some sort of Billfish show up soon. Namely Sailfish… My picture is fading, but Corbeteña is showing some signs of life in the Cubera Snapper department if you are trolling near some structure or bottom fishing.  You can get snappers at the Marietta Islands, so wait for the day something is there to catch… I know it´s like watching a clock. Sailfish are more than a month late, let’s hope this is not an indication of a late summer fishing season. Well the picture has faded….stay tuned!

Snapper On The Gaff

Snapper On The Gaff

With very few people in Marina Vallarta, there are very few fishing boats going out so it is difficult to know what exactly is happening out there. But there have been several short day trips that are great for kids right now. Smaller fish like Jack Crevalls to 30lbs, Snappers, Needle fish and smaller grouper are around the rocks and structure. For winter fishing there are always fish to be had in the bay, but it won’t be Moby Dick no matter what that timeshare OPC’s told you….

Now you can go out there and run live bait which is always a safe way to go. But the inside story on getting a hit is to use Rapallas of larger size, trolled forty to sixty feet. Using a down rigger is not a bad idea. Also if you are in the area where you may think there are flying fish, troll poppers on the surface at a higher speed of six to eight miles an hour skipping the popper on the surface. Silver with pink is working well for colors right now. Yellow and pink are both good colors to run right now. Remember this is our inside secret to keep it to yourself.

All and all we are still watching the clock for the Sailfish to arrive. We won’t see any Marlin until the second to third week of June… that is if they are on time this year. Yellowfin Tuna will start moving into the area surrounding Corbeteña and El Banco come early to late July if all goes according to what is normal and what my fractured crystal ball tells me! Remember early reservations on boats will guarantee you get the quality boat and service from higher end captains and boats. But don’t reserve blindly, make sure you know what the conditions are before you book. I would say to wait until you hear encouraging news on the fishing front before you book fishing trips and hotels. I suggest The Marriott Casa Magma or the Westin Hotels in Marina Vallarta. Located on top of the Village in Marina Vallarta and the tenth best privately owned marina in the world, you are just steps away from the fishing boats and all you will want or need…

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. We work for your business which explains why seventy percent of my business at Master Baiter´s is return business! You work hard for your precious vacation, money is hard enough to come by, you don´t need to worry about the companies you are dealing with! 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.  Always ask to speak with Stan to insure product quality and to insure you are working with the true Master Baiter´s ® and not an imposter