Yellowfin Tuna at El Banco, Sailfish & Marlin Increase

                     Yellowfin Tuna at El Banco, Sailfish & Marlin Increase

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

11 01 2014  Bill y Wendy No 4 , Magnifico, Group Fish MBTextWe all know that predicting what will happen in the world or Sportfishing is almost impossible. Now we can tell you what happened yesterday and what we ¨think¨ will happen tomorrow, but in the end we´re just throwing out a best guess when targeting gamefish. The only thing that balances out fishing predictions is if it happened ¨there¨ yesterday, it could still be happening ¨there¨ today. Of course you´re always disappointed when you visit yesterdays spot and your targeted fantasy fish is nowhere to be found. What is exciting is when you catch a species that you didn´t expect and right now that´s Yellowfin Tuna. That´s right, I used the ¨YF¨word, but it´s far from automatic amigos, but the chance is there!
11 01 2014 Hewett and Reiner party MBTextAnyone who knows fishing in PV knows that if you want big, world class fishing, you have to be at either Corbeteña or El Banco (or anywhere in between), both are our famous deep water, deep sea star fishing grounds. Especially at this time of the year when anything impossible can become possible as screaming reels announce ¨Fish On¨. As mentioned earlier El Banco has shown ¨some¨ signs of life in the form of Yellowfin tuna in the 100 to 150 lb range. So you have a chance, how much of a chance you may ask? Well if you`re in the area the chances improve. Black and Blue Marlin, mostly Blue Marlin are also around the area running anywhere from 350 lbs to over 800, just depends on your luck. And for the present Dorado in the 35 lb range are moving into the area as well. With Rainbow runners, Cubera Snappers and Sailfish, there isn´t many species you don´t have a shot at right now! Oh, if targeting Yellowfin, make sure you´re using a kite, keep that between us!
11 01 2014 Yellowfin Tuna 60lbs off El BancoCorbeteña is about the same, Yellowfin Tuna have arrived and the numbers are picking up by the minute. Still the Sailfish, Marlin, Dorado and Snappers  should also catch your attention. Corbeteña is a little cheaper trip, a little closer and for my money, may be a better choice for the next ten minutes or so.  Decisions, Decesions!
If you´re around the Marietta Islands there is finally some signs of life with some, I said some Rooster fish in the area, tons of Bonito 20 to 45 lbs, Needle fish in the 40 lb range. Maybe a slight shot at Dorado. But Sailfish are close to El Morro and I see no reason why they´re not closer to the Marietta Islands, but there you are. Heading out towards Corbeteña trolling, Blue Marlin have been hanging out around the area, so being in the area is the first requirement amigo! Now if you´re in the area off the point off Punta Mita, you´re still boating Sailfish and Dorado, nothing new since it´s been like this all summer. If you´re looking at only 8 hrs, then these two places will get you some arm burning action.

11 02 2014 Mike Profita Party, Guanatuna II, 8 hrs MBTextInside the bay is great with massive amounts of Bonito, Skip jack Tuna to 50 lbs around Yelapa still, Needle fish, Jack Crevalls are here as well and they´re primarily a winter fish. Sailfish are still being boated by the lucky few in the bay, to me this is unusual, but lately it´s been kinda normal.. go figure.
So you pretty much can´t lose when it comes to fishing for the time being. Water temps are slightly cooler, but not cold. Northern water temps around California are dropping quickly so we´re expecting to see Yellowfin Tuna numbers pick up for the late season, same for Dorado. With this being an El Nino year, our fish have been vacationing in Southern California so we´ll welcome them back with open arms and a gaff. Blue water and smooth seas have been the norm, but we´re always on the watch for late season Hurricanes. The full moon will be on us soon, so be aware and have some fun. One last thing, some days it seems that Dorado are only taking lures, so have some blue, silver and pink lures at the ready. Live bait is plentiful with bullet Bonito, Google Eyes, Flying fish and the list of course goes on. For the moment the bite is happening around 11:00 a.m. , so getting to the fishing grounds too early will not help  your situation. But again, the full moon is just a few days from now and the Yellowfin especially will be using the moon light to full advantage stuffing themselves with abundant bait.  Another piece of  useable ¨reel time¨ fishing information that can make a difference in your fishing safari amigo!

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  Many of you find I post these same articles in the local news papers and the busiest web pages in PV.  They post my articles a little late and that´s the reason I send these ¨Reel Time¨ fishing reports to the locals. This is information you will be glad you have if you´re heading fishing in the next couple of days…  Hurricane Vance is marching north and will be well outside of Puerto Vallarta, so don’t panic. But it will pass us and this could put some rough seas on us as well as some stormy weather. Now the mountains that surround PV protects us and we´re happy for that! But the track is looking like Cabo will be at the end of it´s track. There is a low pressure front coming down from the north which could push the system inward.  For now we´re seeing calm seas and blue water.  It may also be nothing, but then again, it´s something to keep an eye on if scheduled for a fishing charter in the next few days. Below I show some information as to it´s tracking and systems that are working.

Nov. 4th Update: Magnifico went to Corbeteña, it was smooth seas in the morning, but in the after noon the wind and rain picked up, got windy and the sea´s picked up in size and frequency. But now Hurrican Vance will make landfall before 10:00 a.m. Wednesday Morning, so the storm is on a fast track to the mainland! I have boats scheduled to head out tomorrow morning, Wednesday, keep your fingers crossed.

11 02 2014 John Curcio, MiJenny, Marietta Islands 400 pxls MbTextWhales:  Normally Whales don´t show up until December, but we´re already seeing Whales moving into the area.  Magnifico spotted two today, one with a baby already! This means we need to be watchful for whales just under the surface, fast boats can easily hit a Whale, I´ve done it, it´s not pretty!  Also remember if you´re chasing whales around the bay

Until next time don’t forget to kiss your fish and remember at Master Baiter’s Sportfishing & Tackle “ We Won’t Jerk You Around”!

Master Baiter´s has changed locations in Marina Vallarta between docks A and B on the boardwalk. Email your Questions to me at:  Web page: , Local Phone at: (044) 322 779 75 71 or if roaming: 011 52 1 322 779 75 71 cell phone direct Facebook: Facebook: The trade name Master Baiter’s ® Sportfishing and Tackle is protected under trade mark law and is the sole property of Stan Gabruk.

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Sailfish Return to San Pancho, Dorado and Rooster Fish Pick Up

Sailfish Return to San Pancho, Dorado and Rooster Fish Pick Up Written by: Stan Gabruk owner of Master Baiter´s Sportfishing & TackleOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Every spring, beginning in the second week of April we run into breeding season. To say love is in the air in Banderas Bay was an understatement. Everything stops as the mind and body of several species focus on procreating. That´s April, now that we´re in May we´re seeing things change as water temperatures inch upwards. Bait is increasingly more abundant with mostly smaller Sardines and Google Eyes. Yes folks, it´s still winter transition fishing but the end is in sight as summer species move back in. For now the water is still ¨clear green¨ in color, which works fine for fishing, doesn´t affect the bite much. Water temperatures are now in the 75 to 78 degree range, but the currents are still swirling, so electronics on the boat is a welcome tool which will direct you to where to drop your baits. If you´re lucky enough to find yourself in the San Pancho (San Francisco) area north of Punta Mita you´ll find nice sized Dorado in the 35 to 60 lb range. Sailfish are also hanging out in the area as is normal for this early part of the fishing season. In this area you´ll want to use Google Eyes or whatever they´re hitting locally at the time you reach the fishing grounds. The down side is this will be a ten hour day due to the distance for these fishing grounds. If you´re looking for sizeable gamefish, for now you´ll need to put the time in, but it´s not that much time amigos! Corbeteña, a location I have not discussed for weeks and weeks is seeing an invasion of Snappers in the 35 lb range. Fields of red water is impressive. With all the Sardines in the area, the smaller Snappers are just chowing down as they come to the surface and take surface baits. With a little luck you´ll find Sailfish here at the rock, but don´t bet the farm on it. For the moment not much of a reason to head to Corbeteña Pic 0002 It´s a tossup between the Marietta Islands and the point of Punta Mita. Rooster fish are once again chasing the ever increasing amount of Sardines. These are the smaller Sardines, not the longer ones, so use smaller spinner type jigs if trolling lures. Snappers are also in the Marietta Islands, but on the smaller side between 15 and 25 lbs, perfect for the Blue Plate Special. With a bit of luck we´ll see Dorado move back in to the Marietta Islands, if water temps hold up that is. Add the regular players of Jack Crevalls in the 30 lb range, Bonito, Skip Jack Tuna and Sierra Mackerals and then you´ll have a feel for the conditions. Inside the bay, it´s the same as it has been now for weeks. Plenty of Sierra Mackerals ranging from 5 lbs to 25 lbs, they´re great tasting but not excuse enough to hit four hours in the bay. Jack Crevalls, Bonito, Skip Jack and smaller Snapper around the structure areas will round it all out. For younger Anglers it´s perfect. For older types looking to have some short day fun with light tackle, you´ll be happy. With clear and clean water in the bay, the currents have not churned up the sea floor sediments causing dirty water. So we´re counting the blessings we have in the fishing world in spring. With the moon in a favorable phase, getting to the fishing grounds at the break of dawn will most likely be too early. Be where you want to be by 8:30 a.m. and you´ll be on time! Traditionally fishing season begins in May, but May is the lowest part of low tourism season which means you´ll find some deals on the hotels. The humidity is getting a little more intense by the day, but this is normal. The seasonal expats are beginning to head back north. The Marina is noticeably empty as we move into tourisms low season, but it´s the beginning of High Season for Fishing amigos. So get your equipment tuned up, get the line changed on your reels and back it all up with Spectra for the Marlin Days. For now we´re not exactly on fire when we talk fishing, but we will be soon. So get ready, stash those pennies and contact me about our new lay-away fishing plan. We’ll take deposits, build up an account where we can take the sting out of fishing and make the vacation dollars, especially with families, go farther and at the same time insure your day on the water. Contact me for more details as we develop the program. Basically for the cost of a Starbucks cup of coffee, you can get an eight hour fishing trip on a super panga for the equivalent amount. Funny how a few dollars can add up to hundreds in no time. Something to think about.

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Until next time don’t forget to kiss your fish and remember at Master Baiter’s Sportfishing & Tackle “ We Won’t Jerk You Around”! Pic 0001 Master Baiter´s has changed locations in Marina Vallarta between docks A and B on the boardwalk. Email your Questions to me at:  Web page: , Local Phone at: (044) 322 779 75 71 or if roaming: 011 52 1 322 779 75 71 cell phone direct Facebook: trade name Master Baiter’s ® Sportfishing and Tackle is protected under trade mark law and is the sole property of Stan Gabruk.

Dorado at Marietta Islands, Jack Crevalls / Rooster Fish Invasion

Dorado at Marietta Islands, Jack Crevalls / Rooster Fish Invasion

Written by Stan Gabruk

Winter has arrived

As we move deeper into winter fishing we find we still have Dorado in the area as water temperatures begin to drop below 80 degrees. Sailfish, Marlin and Yellow fin Tuna are for the most part heading south for the winter. But the Tres Maria Islands are still rockin with Monster Yellowfin. Who says the fun stops when the water temperatures drop? 01 17 2013 Magnifico Sierra Mackeral

We all know, or should know by now that just after the New Year’s Holiday the water temperatures drop like a rock and you can set you watch by it. This is why Dorado at the Marietta Islands is such a surprise to me as they´re running in the mid twenty pound range. Red Snappers (25 lbs) are increasing in numbers, but still not a stable as yet. Sierra Mackerals in the 25 lb range are beginning to  take a foot hold in the bay and surrounding areas like the islands. Rooster fish have been hanging in there anywhere from 35 to50 lbs and they´ll hit just about anything. Google eyes are still their favorites though. With plenty of live bait around the Marietta Islands there is plenty of action to be had in an eight hour day. Great action for anyone, but not too stiff for younger anglers on vacation. 01 17 2013 Magnifico Dorado, Marietta Islands

Inside the bay we´re seeing the smaller gamefish pick up again. While still mostly Jack Crevalls and Sierra Mackerals, there are also Skip Jacks in the 25 lb range, Smaller Dorado in the 15 lb range, but throw them back for next year. Snappers around the rocks and structure. Snook can still be found at the river mouths in Nuevo and around Boca Tomatlan. Don´t forget about the surf fishing action, Rooster fish are hitting baits in Nuevo Vallarta. So if you´re in one of those nice hotels cast some iron in front of the resort and see what happens. Yelapa this year has been a machine for fishing and the area is still full of football YF Tuna in the 40 to 50 lb range if you´re lucky. Again live bait is king, Google eyes, blue runners are doing the trick.  

Corbeteña and El Banco will be settling down for the rest of the year.  Still there are some great sized Curbera Snappers being boated in the 55 lb range. There are also still some striped Marlin in the area, but kinda scarce as the water temperatures drop. Amber Jacks in the 40 lb range, Jack Crevalls, Football Yellowfin Tuna, Bonito, pretty much the same species as the Marietta Islands.

The area near Punta Mita is still showing action around the reefs at Anclote near Sayulita. Rooster fish as well and if you have the notion up near San Pancho you´ll  find Sailfish, but this is a ten hour day amigos. Hit it while you can here, this will surely change in the next week or so.

As we settle into winter fishing, tourism is picking up so it all balances out I guess. While you won´t be finding any Bucket List fishing at the moment, the action is great. And if you have never felt the pull of a Jack Crevall you´d be surprised how strong a fighter these fish are. Not exactly the blue plate special somehow the Marinaros have found ways to make then taste great. So give them to the crew, they´ll thank you for them.

Until next time don’t forget to kiss your fish and remember at Master Baiter’s Sportfishing & Tackle “ We Won’t Jerk You Around”!

Master Baiter´s has changed locations in Marina Vallarta and are now near Victors Café Te Cuba and will be opening soon. Look for me at the least traveled end of Marina Vallarta and I will be there in my new place! Everyone coming by to see my new location will  get a FREE CITY OR JUNGLE TOUR!  So I expect to see you all at my shop soon!Master Baiters is still the only real fishing company in Marina Vallarta with its own exclusive boats that are reliable, fast, English Speaking, fish catching professionals!  Questions on any subject: feel free to ask at my email: Web page: or call me directly locally at: (044) 322 779 75 71 or if roaming: 011 52 1 322 779 75 71 (this is my cell phone directly until the shop phone is working). You can come be a ¨Fan¨ on Facebook here: Facebook Fans get special perks you won´t find in my reports.

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Swirling Currents Create Challenges, Dirty Water in Some Areas, Sailfish at Punta Mita

Swirling Currents Create Challenges, Dirty Water in Some Areas, Sailfish at Punta Mita

Written by Stan Gabruk

Every year about this time we see tourism just come to a grinding halt as we fall into the gap between spring and summer.  I guess it´s for the best as we move into high season for fishing to be slow in May for tourism and fishing as well. May is still early for Dorado, yet they are coming in but on the small side. As is normal at this time of the year swirling currents can bring in fish or it can chase them away. What does this mean, find warm currents if you can, but there are still cold water fish in the area of Cabo Corrientes like Jack Crevalls. With these currents we´re seeing some dirty water swirling in the bay as well. So once more your chances of running into dirty water at the fishing grounds is more likely than not. But fear not, there is still good fishing out there,  you´ll just have to target the location and roll the dice.  Dorado Bull

Another Bull Dorado

This week inside the bay we´re seeing Skippies or Football Yellowfin Tuna in front of Yelapa out to the point of Cabo Corrientes. Pompano are also schooling in this area as well and will hit a Rapalla, Popper or even a feather. Jack Crevalls are still in the cooler water swirls and running fair size of about 25lbs., but to be frank I am surprised they are still in the bay. For now keep your ears open, bay fishing will gradually improve as the days march on. One indicator is when Needle Fish move in, they don´t like cold water and when we see them move into the bay, you´ll know the water has warmed up and then the possibilities in the bay will increase.

At the Marietta Islands this week is much the same as last week. Dirty water has been in the area all of the week, but each day is different. You will still find baby Dorado, Rooster fish, Snappers,  Skip Jack Tuna, Sailfish and the list goes on. It seems like the points are of the Marietta Islands and Punta Mita are the dividing line where the clean water meets the dirty café colored waters. Keep in the clean and you´ll do fine!

El Banco and Corbeteña are seeing Sailfish, Striped Marlin, Cubera Snappers to 65 lbs, Dorado, Rainbow Runners, smaller Yellowfin Tuna to 60lbs. Blue Marlin Sightings are kinda sparse, but it looks like they are trickling in. June should bring a wave of Black and Blue Marlin if things go according as ¨normal¨ can be when it comes to fishing. All and all not many folks heading out this way since Punta Mita is doing very well and it´s closer. With fuel prices distance becomes an issue for everyone.

Those heading towards the Tres Maria Islands have been disjointed as late with less than favorable conditions and fishing. Straight up those spending the time and heavy fuel expense for now are mostly coming in empty handed. Make sure you hear some news before heading out to this distant location. Let a fanatic on vacation be your guide with his experience or lack of experience.

Punta Mita and the area north are still your best bet for hitting decent sized game fish in decent numbers. Of course there is clean water here so of course this is a logical alternative to the Marietta Islands where it could be ¨iffy¨ at best.  Andelé, our 34 ft Luhrs Convertible came in from this area with 20 boating’s of Dorado (most, especially the females were released). If you can find some natural debris like a log or dead whale for example there are always Dorado around it. Such was the case with Andelé where Capt. Kawie came across a barrel and it was just loaded with Dorado in the 30 to45 lb range. Large for this time of year and very welcome indeed.  Dorado

Dorado at Punta Mita

In conclusion we have good days and we have bad days. Fishing is fishing and this time of the year is always in flux. Normally around the second week of June have what seems to be an annual ¨Streak¨ of large Marlin then things have stepped back after. So keep an eye open for news or just subscribe to my blog and get it in your inbox!

Master Baiter´s is putting together three and four day packages where lodging and fishing are included for an unbelievable price point. You will get more on this as I put it together.  But the boys at are putting together some affordable deals for the normal guy who isn´t rolling in money and still has a mortgage to pay.

Master Baiter´s has changed its location to a larger shop located directly in front of Dock D in the shops behind the grassy area in the Puesta Del Sol complex half way between the Oxxo and Las Palomas Restaurant. Come in and get your PV Mirror there and say hello to Stan. Please tell your friends where they can find the Mirror and of course Master Baiter´s. Master_Baiter new location

Our new Location is in front of Dock D between Oxxo and La Terraza Restaurant, come by and say hello!


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That´s about it for now from PV… Until next time, don´t forget to kiss your fish!

Master Baiter´s Sportfishing & Tackle is located in Marina Vallarta on the Boardwalk in front of Dock D. Facing the water turn to your right and we´re down four doors or so from Las Palomas the 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: Web page:

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Seasonal Transitions Continue, Snappers and Roosters Still at Marietta Islands, Billfish Move In!

Seasonal Transitions Continue, Snappers and Roosters Still at Marietta Islands, Billfish Move In!

Written by Stan Gabruk

Every year we see the changing of the seasons around this time, we see the fish leave and then we wait. This is pretty much where we are now in Puerto Vallarta´s World famous Fishing grounds. In a nut shell this is your fishing report for this week. The water is still this clear green and the fishing has not improved to any noticeable degree.  With tourism slowing down as it normally does after the Easter Holidays there are few boats at best heading out. Making a call as to where to go, what is biting and  what time the bite is happening is almost impossible to predict. Welcome to spring fishing here in Puerto Vallarta.

I would assume that by now you have figured out that things are less than perfect at our World Famous Fishing grounds as we try to put the best face on what is happening as possible. One positive thing we can talk about these past few days…. There has been some spectacular news from the Socorro Islands fishery in ¨the lower buffer zone¨, what ever that is… a Gigantic Yellowfin Bull Tuna was boated at  427.9 lbs on the boat Journeyman . Mr. Robert Pedigru (I was informed this is the correct spelling of his name)  landed the Monster at the Socorro islands over 250 miles west-ish from Puerto Vallarta. It could have been a world record, but the pole was handed off and the reel was spooled with 130 lb braided line  so it´s sad to say this fish doesn´t qualify for an IGFA certification as a record.

Monster Yellowfin Tuna boated at Soccoro Islands

Once again this week, like the past few weeks if there are any fish to be had this is one of the few areas where you´ll find them. With the Tres Maria Islands being so far away and expensive this option for most people is not reasonable.  The Marietta Islands and points north of San Pancho have Sailfish and Dorado but this is by no means a hot spots for fish. UpDate: Ok, so now there are Sailfish in larger numbers just outside the islands and south near El Morro. Time to hit it. This is why you subscribe to this blog amigo… this is real time stuff….

With the water temperatures lingering just a little above cold this is not helping the fishing conditions. With cool air in the mornings we know that we can expect have cold water for a little longer since weather patterns always follow water temperatures. Still this may be frustrating but it is not unusual. Around this time of the year we all watch the calendar waiting for warm days and with it warm water temperatures. Hopefully as we enter the month of May, we will see the Dorado move back in.  Update: Dorado are moving in, not quite in the bay as yet, but should be close to the Marietta islands if the fish Gods smile on  us.

The Tres Maria Islands right now are still seeing Rooster Fish, but not in big numbers. There are also more Snappers here as well running 25 to35 lbs, but again they are not in abundant numbers. With Jack Crevalls, Bonito, Pompano, and more fish are there to be had, but only if they feel like taking your bait. Don´t be discouraged if you come in with only a few fish, for now it´s a challenge that hopefully you´re up for! Remember the Tres Maria Islands is a protected area (  with a twelve mile restriction is also a prison island so keep your distance.

El Banco and Corbeteña are both the same as last week and for the same reasons I would suggest staying away until there is news of improvements. Jack Cravalls and with some luck you will find Dorado in these area, but don´t hold your breath. For now your fuel dollar would be better spent else where. UPDATE: Like a lightening bolt, Striped Marlin, Sailfish and Dorado have moved into the area. Those who are lucky enough to be in  Marina Vallarta and a few bucks in  his pocket will find fantasy conditions. Stable fishing prices, Stable room prices, Cheap airfares, deals everywhere and you can  have the place when it´s uncrowded. El Banco is seeing some nice mid range Dorado and Striped Marlin. We had seen no striped Marlin at all and this is the time of year we should see them moving out. Not a bad thing, just taking a measurement for days to come. Warmer currents are hopefully moving in, knock on wood. Bait is not exactly plentiful, but enough to get them to the deep water locations…. stay tuned…I am  also hearing rumors of 140lb yellowfin at El Banco. Stand by…

Sailfish off the Marietta islands on Marlin our new 38ft Luhrs Express

North near Guyavitos there are still Sailfish and Dorado. Like last week the number of boats heading out is low at best and very few reports from this area. But the water is normally on the warm side here and this area gives you your best opportunity to catch some arm burning action. Update. Sailfish are moving in as well with possible six packs where six sails at a time will travel like horses pulling charriots, they just like to do this….

Punta Mita is quiet with an outside chance at some small Dorado, but not much of one. Again this area can explode one day and the next it will be dead. Again, wait for signs of life before scheduling a fishing trip, but whatever you do don´t let the wife know you have extra fuel money or you know where it will wind up going! Update: No word on Punta Mita, but a boat found a loose buey the  other day and found forty pound Dorado making camp. 35 hook-ups in one hour! Hopefully this is a sign from the heavens, for a few days anyway until I can  get out!

As we inch towards summer things will be changing where water temperatures will be raising and the warm water species will be moving in again.  This of course is all depends on the water warming up and bait moving in. As evident with all my updates anything can happen in a heart beat and just changed for the positive.

That´s about it for now from PV… Until next time, don´t forget to kiss your fish!

Master Baiter´s Sportfishing & Tackle is located in Marina Vallarta on the Boardwalk in front of Dock D. Facing the water turn to your right and we´re down four doors or so from Las Palomas the 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: Web page:

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Spring Fishing in January, Dorado, Football Yellowfin, Sailfish, Striped Marlin!

Spring Fishing in January, Dorado, Football Yellowfin, Sailfish, Striped Marlin!

Written by Stan Gabruk


OK, Alright, I know, I know, I have been telling everyone that this is a freak current and not to expect this sort of freak occurance to last for any length of time.  I started to make those comments a few weeks back and now I am thinking that  these strange conditions may continue into  Spring. I am not saying winte

Ed Fik and wife on GuanaTuna at the Marietta Islands

r fishing is done, but I am saying you will find species at our world famous fishing grounds that, well, shouldn´t be there!

El Banco, after a miserable summer last year, we are seeing Yellowfin Tuna Action anywhere from five miles before the high spots to ten miles or so off the points. Yep, YF Tuna in the 40 t to 200 lb rang is possible if you have a mind to set out and take a chance. Yellowfin here at El Banco is anything but automatic.  For those who understand what the term ¨Fishing¨ means, then this is pure fishing where you may come in with an empty fish box. On the other hand you will probably come in with either Y ellowfin Tuna, Sailfish, Dorado or even a Striped Marlin. Roll the dice amigo, if you´re looking for guarantees you´d be better off waiting until summer before heading out.

Corbeteña has always had fish, the only question for Anglers is if they wanted to catch a specific species or it they were open to catching what was out there. Now we all know we get what we get, again this is fishing and there are no waiting lines for your bait amigo. Those with the time, money and bones to take a chance are finding Dorado up to 40 lbs, Striped Marlin, Cubera Snappers, Sailfish and who knows what else is out there. Some days live bait, other days lures.  My suggestion is to run both, changing color often until something works, then stick with that! Keep in mind that fish move, but the area golden triange, the area between El Banco, Corbeteña and the Marietta Islands have been churning and producing lately so don´t  lock your mind into a rut or box. My best spots are between the Marietta Islands and Corbeteña for the moment. So keep this to yourself and start trolling after passing the islands towards the Rock!

Dorado and Rooster Fish at the Islands

The bay has done the same amigos… All of a sudden the Yellowfin Tuna that have been hanging out in front of Yelapa have started taking baits (lures and live bait).  30 lb Yellowfin Footballs are are abundant, but they will be work. Mimic the local bait fish in the area. If that means you´re using micro hooks with teeny tiny sardines, then this is what you have to do. For t hose willing to put in the effort there is the reward of Tuna on the table tonight.  Or you can do like most of these lazy captains and just troll a Google eye and call that an effort.  This is why you pay more for a boa t and captain, t hey work for their money because their reputation is on the line and they know I am watching. Some smaller Dorado has been also boated by accident, so give it a try and see what happens.

Now the Islands, El Morro and the Marietta’s have been hanging steady for the last couple of weeks. Rooster fish are still in the area and are a little more abundant than last week. Bonito in the 30 lb range, Sailfish on occasion, Dorado can be large at times to 40 lbs or so, Jack Crevalls are strong at 35 lbs, Snappers, Pompano and the list goes on. An eight hour trip is now worth your time and money. Super Pangas can get you to the fish for a more affordable price and if you put your name on my list I will hook you up others looking to share a Super Panga for 8 hrs, $225.00 usd for half the boat, 2 people max. Just let me know if you´re interested.

You may ask yourself what the deal is here with Dorado in late January, well we´re all scratching out heads. It appears the cold water from the north as normal has been cut off by a warm current coming in from the west which means the Hawaii area currents have made a hard right turn and are giving us these spring fishing conditions. Now the Whales may not like this much, but the tourist looking to catch fish on a shorter day can come in satisfied and happy with their catch.

I was hesitant to get too excited about these warm currents moving into the area because in fishing things can be short lived. I am now thinking that this could continue into spring and if this is true those who are here in Puerto Vallarta (PV) can have a wonderful day on the water and catch summer species and not have to bake like a potato under an equator sun to boat that bucket list fish.

Like always, stay tuned, if I don`t post an article, it means things have not changed….

Remember, this is my blog, my regular weekly fishing reports are normally posted by Tuesdays so book mark this page and my home page ( and get  it  from both angles. I will update my blog a couple of times a week in short format for the people looking to head out and are here to take advantage of and react to these daily conditions.

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That´s it for now….. Stay tuned and thanks for reading… tell your friends.

Fishing here in Puerto Vallarta has gotten Strange and Almost Unbelievable.

Hello everyone… Fishing here in Puerto Vallarta has gotten to the strange and almost unbelievable.

First, blue, blue water, bluer than at El Banco or  Corbeteña has moved into the Bay of Banderas.  We have seen Yellowfin Tuna for the last few weeks that are very large in front of Yelapa but you´d be hard pressed to get them to take a bait. Then BAM, Dorado move into the area, that´s right amigos they are in the bay, at the points of Punta Mita, Just before you hit Cabo Corrientes. The Marietta Islands have added Dorado to the list as well.   The surprise here is the simple fact that the water is much colder than they like, but there is bait in the bay and while the water is cool, not cold, Dorado can be boated off Los Arcos! I mean I have never seen this before in mid January to have Dorado on our door step.

Dorado on Guanatuna II at The Marietta Islands

Sailfish, yes Sailfish are now taking bait as well and are in the Marietta Island and El Morro Area. There was even a Sailfish hook-up on Guanatuna II yesterday, but Capt. Juan and the boys lost it because nobody expected to have a hundred pound fish on light line!  The Bait  is still plentiful, so if you know what is going on,  tell me please.

At El Banco, we have been waiting for Yellowfin All summer long to turn up, disappointing summer at The Bank for sure.   Then all of a sudden El Banco lights up like a Christmas Tree with Yellowfin From 60 to 160 lbs! Now this does not happen in January at El Banco, at the Tres Maria Islands, yes but not El Banco (The Bank in English). Finding YF Tuna on the way to those islands was a blessing from the fish gods and made these Fishin Safari guys happy if for nothing else, shortening the day and coming in with Yellowfin anyway!

Rooster Fish, Capt Cesar on Magnifico on his ¨day off¨

No word on Corbeteña, but if the Bank is hitting then Corbeteña is  never far behind.

Rooster fish, Snappers to 35 lbs, Dorado, Sailfish, Pompano, and the list goes on for an 8 hour trip to the islands or the points. The Bonito, Arctic Bonito I sh ould say have gotten larger in size to anywhere from 10 lbs to 35 lbs, many times these are also referred to as Skip Jack Tuna and are great tasting just like Yellowfin Tuna….

For the guy looking for Summer fishing in January, if you hurry you have a shot at the improbable for a  short time. Si tuat ions or  conditions like this a re never long lived. If we get three days of t his sort of thing we´re lucky. It has been two days now and today so we may see this change again shortly if not already.

Snappers, Jack Crevalls, Sierra Mackerals, Rooster fish, it´s all out there!

For  more information you can check out my web page for the latest fishing report (  Wit h more fish and more options the crowded conditions at the Marietta Islands should spread them all out again. Nothing worse than having a boat cross you line as other boats try to invade your bait ball. Happens all the time and it is not cool for sure! For guys like me, I see my lures, hooks and fluorocarbon leaders wasted which cost me money because some guy is rude and does not care that I had my favorite lucky lure in this fishs mouth… This is the stuff that causes dock fights and hard feelings. So if this is you, don´t do that!

You name it, Jeff McGuire caught it..

Why is this happening, well who knows. Cold water currents from up north have done some strange moves. The Jet stream is pushing warm currents to the west coast of the Americas. Basically these currents have to be coming from Hawaii, there is no o ther explanation amigos. But nwhat ever the answer is, the fishing has improved dramatically and is well worth your  time. The days are sunny and warm, the evenings have a bit of a chill in the air for me, but visitors th ink I am nuts for wearing a jacket! I guess I have been here in PV for too many years and my blood is as thin as water.

Well that is it for now…  Take Care….


Master Baiter´s

F ish Porn, Safe for your 12 yr old… January 2012 Edition

Hello  Everyone…. Time for more Fish Porn… Some new, some old, some very old.. but great pictures none the less…..

For those of you who enjoy my weekly fishing report,  you´ll have to visit  my web page, my tech guy tells me I am spamming myself so I need to get you all to go there for the weekly report, but the day in and day out stuff will now be the focus for my blog……

Master Baiter´s Fishing Reports:  ….. like my corporate page while you are at it….. in the mean time, enjoy the Porn..Hahahahahaa…..


Rooster Fish, a lucky day all around, 8 hr


Pompano, these are small and tasty, but they get much bigger......


Big Red Snappers are also at the Marietta Islands and El Morro


Roger Callard and Sammy wi th some 45 lb Rooster Fish


That ´s Me holding a Jack Crevall, body shaking, i couldn´t hold this fish for long....


More Rooster Fish... lots at El Morro if they take the bait, you too will get a picture like thisCapt.Cesar of Magnifico fishing alone... Nice Roosters


Roosters and Snappers caught with Capt. Juan on Guanatuna II our 28 ft Super Panga


All recent pictures… Enjoy your day…



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