Puerto Vallarta Big Game Fishing Delivers, Marlin, Sailfish, Yellowfin Tuna R Here Now!

Puerto Vallarta Big Game Fishing Delivers, Marlin, Sailfish, Yellowfin Tuna R Here Now!

Written by Stan Gabruk

One thing about fishing, I don’t care where you are, that never changes is the fact that everything changes. The only real question is how long will it take for things to change. Change can be good or it can be bad. For us the “change” has been positive. Yellowfin Tuna have moved back into the area, Sailfish are in and out, but mostly in. Blue and Black Marlin are increasing in Numbers and size. Bait is plentiful, Chorras mostly. Those lucky enough to be in Puerto Vallarta are seeing why Puerto Vallarta’s Fishing Grounds are the talk of the world. If you are into Deep Sea Fishing or Big Game Fishing, or Sportfishing, I don´t care what you choose to call it….. The time has come to get your game in gear and enjoy deserted fishing grounds with world class fish. If you want to pretend you’re Hemmingway, it wouldn’t be hard to do!

50lb Yellowfin Tuna at Corbeteña and El Banco with Capt. Kawi of Andelé our 34 ft Luhrs Conv.

The first paragraph pretty much explains it all, now comes the details… First, the bay is what the bay always turns into during the Rainy Season. It’s muddy along the shore line because of the sediment coming down the Adobe Clay earth of the local mountains. The trash line is a result of these rains, which alway presents opportunities. But the rains have not been nightly for the last week so the trash line is pretty much picked clean. As a result the bay fishing has been less than exciting. For those who are willing to go after species other than Dorado and Tuna, then the bay does have great opportunities for fishing in short day trips. Where the Agua Dulcé or Sweet water in English meets the salt water there are some really large Cubera type snappers for the bay. Running 25 to 40lbs they are feeding off the fresh water shrimp coming down the streams and rivers. Snook are also big sweet water fish with white meat they are very tasty indeed! Well worth a four to six hour trip targeting something to fill the cooler is always fun if you’re not snubbing-out for only the usual species. Find out what the nationals know and where they go. Bonito in the 20 lb’s range are common, Dorado are still small around 15 lbs, Snappers, Needle fish, Skip Jack Tuna around Yelapa. Still possibilities of Sailfish in the bay around Yelapa, not a big percentage opportunity though. Four hours works if you get the right boat and mind set, Your captain is the key with equipment a close second!

Marietta Islands have been less active, but there are still nice fish in the area. For some reason things have calmed down here. Sailfish are closer to El Morro, Small Dorado, Snappers, Amber Jacks, Small Groupers, you get my drift. The trash line sometimes will reach to the islands, this is always a good thing, but for now your best shot is Sailfish and Snappers. Again, things change and last August Rooster Fish took over the Marietta Islands for a month. So think positive as you do the chant for Roosters to come to the islands…Ommmmmmm……

Sailfish with a Google eye in his mouth, Spectacular photo….

The point off Punta Mita is active, but nothing you won´t find in the bay or at the Marietta Islands. Small Dorado, Sailfish in deeper water. Not many anglers heading this way with better producing areas closer in. Stay tuned…

Now with the Season coming on, High Season for fishing here in Puerto Vallarta (PV) does a slow trickle as the bay fills with opportunities. Rare Black Marlin and Blue Marlin are being drip fed into the area as those who did head out to El Banco and Corbeteña returned with Big Smiles and sore arms. Both Blue Marlin and Black Marlin are running in the 500 to 650lb range. Not a bad sized fish by any yardstick! Yellowfin Tuna just a few miles off the High Spots at El Banco are running anywhere from 50 lbs to 175 plus pounds. There have been some reports of Yellowfin Tuna in the 277 lb range, but those reports are in reality from the Tres Maria Islands. A Little outside of the ball park, but still within reasonable range for the Southern Calif. Guys.

With perfect water temperatures between 86 and 91 degrees and abundant bait, the stage is set for world class, world record sized Marlin and Tuna to move in. Those that are here in PV or planning on coming to PV are coming into the time of the year people always ask about. When they ask, ¨what time of the year is the fishing the best¨? Well from now until the first week of January will be your window amigo. September / October for those looking to boat a world record fish will find them most likely here during the hottest and most humid months of the year. Remember as the weather heats up, so does the fishing.

On Guanatuna (34 ft Gulf Stream), the first half of an overnight trip produced 10 fifty pound Yellowfin Tuna, 1 50lb Cubera Snapper, 1 Sailfish, and a nice sized Rainbow Runner. That´s about 13 fish to the boat not counting the lost hook-ups (spit hooks).

With the close proximity of El Banco and Corbeteña there are many times where currents will favor Corbeteña and not El Banco. Bait moves, water temperature change, clean blue water can change to dirty water in a heartbeat. Either The Rock or Corbeteña is firing one day, the next El Banco is on fire. You never really know which one is producing unless there are reports coming in, which are few and most likely crap from captains keeping the rest off their trail. Welcome to the game…

Marlin at El Banco

I find that most people are linear thinkers. They will for the most part listen to others about a location like Corbeteña or El Banco and what do they do, they make a bee-line to these places as fast as possible to get to these big game fish. If you´re off the point of Punta Mita heading to El Banco, why not drop a line about eight miles before you come to the high spots and see if you can get lucky. The area between the Marietta islands, Corbeteña and El Morro has been known to produce tournament winning Sailfish off the ridges. Yellowfin Tuna in tournament winning sizes are also in the stretch between El Banco and Corbeteña. Don´t just kick it in gear and head straight to the next point ASAP.. Deep Trenches, Ridges, swirling currents are all favorite hangouts to Marlin and Yellowfin Tuna, especially as water temperatures rise. Especially Yellowfin Tuna amigos. One more thing, just because you don´t see any birds diving or fish jumping, it doesn´t mean they´re not under you amigo!

As you are all aware of, you can get seriously hurt on a fishing boat and it can happen as fast as a bullet flying at you in the form of a flying lure spit from the mouth of that Game Fish you hoped to mount. Next thing you know you´ve got a very painful injury with the closest hospital two hours away as the Sea Gull Flies. Gaffs, Hooks, Lures, Knives, and soft flesh in the form of bare feet and body parts will always lose the battle. Be sure you are conscience of the area, don´t leave unsecured lures on counter tops or along the deck. Gaffs need to be secured and handy when not in use. Being lazy can be hazardous, so keep your wits about you amigos…..

Even a hook can be hazardous when you least suspect!

22 million visitors with ¨deaf¨ ears came to Mexico last year, a record year for tourism even with the news. Find out more here and calm your fears amigo: http://theintelhub.com/2012/06/29/tourism-booms-in-mexico- as-crime-rises/

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

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 Fajita Banana and Chappy´s bar, right next to the ATM.  Map of location in Marina Vallarta: http://masterbaiters.com.mx/location/   Come in and say hello to Stan.

You can come be a ¨Fan¨ on Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325  looking forward to meeting you online.   Facebook Fans get special perks you won´t find in my reports.

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Rainy Season in Full Swing, Black Marlin Sightings, Yellowfin Still at Corbeteña, Fishing is Great!

Rainy Season in Full Swing, Black Marlin Sightings, Yellowfin Still at Corbeteña, Fishing is Great!

Written by Stan Gabruk

We are in full summer mode now as we have rain in most evenings as is normal for this time of the year. Recently I have had people worried about the weather as they look at the forecast for Puerto Vallarta. One thing to remember is the weather forecast unless there is a Hurricane moving in, essentially the same for the next five months. Which is a 20 to 60% chance of rain with temperatures right now in the days around 88 degrees with 60% or so humidity. There is your forecast for the next five or six months amigos.  When it comes to fishing, the forecast will also remain pretty much the same as well with Yellowfin Tuna still in the 150 lb range at the deep water locations, Black Marlin are moving in, many sightings but nobody with one on the boat as yet. I suspect this is the streak of a week I´ve been discussing for the last few weeks looking for these Billfish fantasies to show up and it looks like they finally have. As we move deeper and deeper into summer we´ll see warmer weather, warmer water temperatures and more world class gamefish amigos. Fishings High Season is coming on nicely now and we´re all good with that! While fishing in the rain is a possibility, you need to understand that when it rains, it brings the fish up to the agua dulce or sweet water in English. Many a customer said the fishing exploded when t he rain started and this is more often than not the case. So don´t let the bogus weather report online make you think the weather is bad, the report is bad and computer generated. We won´t let you get yourself in trouble amigo, that is why we are here!

Yellowfin like this 150 pounder are everywhere in the deep water locations of Corbeteña and El Banco

As you can imagine the rains, bring the trash line in the bay and all the stuff that washes down the local hills into the streams and rivers. So what you´ve been seeing is the dirty water that lines the shores and a few blocks out there is clean water. Not great for swimming in the ocean, for me it´s not an issue, but for fishing from shore it could present a bit of a challenge to those surf fishing guys. Welcome to summer, you can deal with it, we´re fisherman and we´ll find a way! At the trash line you´ll find small Dorado, Skip Jack Tuna, Bonito, Small Snappers, and any other species looking for fast food and a place to hide (in the dirty side when something wants to eat you as a fish). Over by Yelapa there have been some 30 lb Skip jack Tuna and there are some smaller Dorado in the 25 lb range with some luck. The bait has moved out a little farther in the bay so we´re not really seeing any Sailfish in the bay like last week. But that was not usual so it was a short lived luxury that has moved on.

Punta Mita and the Marietta islands have been blessed with clean and blue water. This means Sailfish are hanging in the area and are on some days a little fickle. Bait can be found in large bait balls surfacing at any second creating a feeding frenzy for whatever species happen to be lucky enough to be in the area. Same Story at Punta Mita, Dorado off the structure and buoys, Sailfish farther out with the chance of Striped or maybe even a Black marlin heading out about 15 miles.

The Marietta Islands are still alive with action as well, Rooster fish are thinning out for some reason, but there are plenty of Snappers (red and Conoco`s) to be had readily. Sailfish are a touch off the reefs and abundant. Skip jack Tuna, Bonito, Needle fish are turning up and nice sized. Amber Jacks have been boated and of course there are small Dorado here as well. Just a reminder, throw the females back and don´t let the crews talk you into keeping the females. If you want fish in the future, think conservation today amigos, this is very important.

Larger Dorado at El Banco

El Banco is alive with Sailfish, Dorado in the 35 to 45 lb range, Sailfish, Yellowfin Tuna to 150 lbs but could only be in the 60 lb range. Black Marlin sightings, nothing on the docks as yet. Water temperatures are still favorable for Wahoo so if you have any rigs with wire leader it would be worth a try.  If you don´t find Yellowfin in the area, venture out about five to ten miles and you will find the birds and the bait amigo. We´re into Tuna Season and they´re out there now for the taking. The only question is where are you??

Red Snappers at the Marietta Islands with Master Baiter´s

El Banco is a carbon copy of Corbeteña, but there have been more Black Marlin Sightings. It´s still a little early in the year for black and Blue Marlin, but they are in the area. Why they are not taking baits for now is a mystery. But I suspect it has something to do with breeding season. But there is a ton of bait out there, either Google Eyes or Bullets (baby Bonito and Skp jack Tuna) which is a good thing for us. Amber Jacks, Rainbow runners, Cubera Snappers and whatever else decides to visit this fishing hot spot.

Straight up, the North American press is making the North Americans afraid to come to Mexico. Now I can sit here and tell the world the news stories coming out of Mexico are being exaggerated and exploited, but the damage is now done. Now you can play this to your advantage if you can think for yourself and get it from the locals, not a group of govt. types with an agenda. Hotel rooms are as cheap as I have ever seen them. Airfares are very low for a prime vacation season to PV and the fishing is great. If you zig when the others are in zag mode you can practically have Puerto Vallarta to yourself with uncrowded fishing grounds, restaurants, shops and more. You can have PV like it was before the rush and the higher prices. I have lived here in PV for so long now many consider me a ¨icon¨ in Marina Vallarta. Now I would not exactly say that, but I have been here long enough to know this is a rare opportunity for those who are not drinking the juice amigos. Other than tourism being down, to be honest, I like having my favorite spots that are still open to me. I like being the only boat on the High Spots at El Banco or Corbeteña. These are the ¨good old days¨ amigos. Now get out there and do some fishing, the boats need the business…

Master Baiter´s is making deals, come into my new location in Puesta Del Sol off the boardwalk in front of dock d and say hello! I am making deals you will never see again to get my captains and crews out. The boats need to move and to do this we´ll make sure you have a great day on the water with a nice sized discount! Remember if you ask where Master Baiter´s is, you will hear I am dead, out of business or they don´t know where I am. Trust me, they know and they will not direct you to me since they want your business. A liar is a liar is a liar and if they´ll lie to you on this level, well they´ll lie you on any level. Be smart, don´t get taken. And as always, think of m e as your man in PV! Ask what you have on y our mind and I will answer it to the best of my ability!

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

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. Map of location in Marina Vallarta: http://masterbaiters.com.mx/location/   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.

You can come be a ¨Fan¨ on Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325  looking forward to meeting you online.  Reports, Fish Pic of The Day, Local information, Tournament information  and all that good stuff that keeps you informed and not wasting your time or money on B.S., if  you know what I mean. Also Facebook Fans get special perks you won´t find in my reports.

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: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx Web page:  http://www.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 Fifty Miles Out, Blue Water at El Banco / Corbeteña, Great Fishing Now!

Yellowfin Tuna Fifty Miles Out, Blue Water at El Banco / Corbeteña, Great Fishing Now!

Written by Stan Gabruk

I was reading a few of my old articles and it dawned on me I have almost been making excuses why the fishing here in Puerto Vallarta has been less than it´s normal perfect self. Imagine this, Puerto Vallarta has some of the BEST FISHING GROUNDS IN THE ENTIRE WORLD and I am making excuses for unusual conditions that made things ¨less than perfect¨, which is about as spoiled as you can get. With normally perfect conditions your expectations are always elevated.  So if somebody isn´t catching Moby Dick at El Banco that doesn´t mean fishing is bad. It just means Moby has not entered the building quite yet, but he´s coming for sure.

Dorado Everywhere…. These were boated off Punta Mita… http://www.masterbaiters.com.mx

One thing that always surprises me is the perception people have about Fishing in Puerto Vallarta and that is there are only four or five species of gamefish worth going after. Strange stuff to me since my Mexican National Friends who don’t have boats, still love fishing and are not targeting Monster Yellowfin Tuna from the shore line. You want to catch fish and the water is dirty, then head to the river mouths where that dirty water is pouring into the bay from the run-off from the seasonal rains in the local mountains. My national friends know Roballo or Snook will be heading to this free meal of seeds, leaves, bugs, all sorts of stuff they just love to chow down on! Yes the water is dirty, but Roballo are looking for this organic sediment in this dirty water and will  hit a lure they can see like my ex wife used to  hit the Nordstrom’s Half Yearly Sale, they both take no prisoners! Now catching a 30 to 50 pound Snook with its white meat and wonderful flavor is a great alternative than going after Dorado every single time you go fishing… I mean there are other fish in these waters that would be worth of your attention and in four to six hours on a panga if you want to hit this from the sea side of things is cheap and well worth the convenience of being put on fish directly.

At this time of the year we hit the wall when it comes to humidity. For about two weeks before the seasonal rains begin the humidity goes through the roof. Well we finally got the rains and this means all sorts of things to people, primarily the relief from heavy humidity or at least a few hours as it turns to rain. If you live in Vallarta this is a perfect time to be at Brando’s or Chappy’s Bar putting a cold one down as you watch the rain and maybe lightening from you dry perch. To those fishing it means the mixed blessing of the Trash line as we call it. Mentioned earlier this trash line is where the clean water and dirty water from the mountain runoff are divided by a line of sediment type organic materials washing down the rivers, streams and streets. Dorado, Skip Jack Tuna and every Rooster fish will take this free meal and chase the smaller fish that thrive on this free and fast food. The smaller fish will take refuge in the dirty water when larger species looking for a meal are within striking distance.  Tossing a three inch Diamond jig, commonly called Iron will produce results if there are any fish in the area. Remember this trash line is not a few hundred feet long, it can stretch all the way to the Marietta Islands so you still have to find these fish. Thank god or even cheap electronics.  So don’t be afraid to explore some of the many forms of fishing we have here in Puerto Vallarta and Banderas Bay.

Sailfish at The Marietta Islands. .. http://www.masterbaiters.com.mx

As far as what we’re seeing now is a bit of a mixed bag. There has been some red tide in the bay. Now mixed in with some dirty water this is a challenge. But the red tide is moving out and there are small fish to be had still in the bay. Nothing like the 70lb Sailfish we had very close to shore last week here near Marina Vallarta. The bullets or baby bonito have moved out and the fishing slowed down her for a little bit. Dorado in t he 15 to20 lb ranges in the bay are still looking for your offerings in the clean water or near a trash line. Bonito, Skip Jack Tuna are also south near Cabo Corrientes to the Yelapa area. Basically if you can find the clean water areas you have dinner amigos! Snappers, Pompano in the 25 lb range as well available if you target something different than Dorado.

The Marietta Islands to Punta Mita has turned into Sailfish City. Small to large it’s a Sailfish Bill garden with plenty of bait, perfect water temperatures and improving by the day amigos. Roosters are slacking off here a little, no reason for this. Needle fish are moving in as well, a little late for them.  Bonito, Skip Jack tuna, and Snappers with the possibility of Rainbow runners and the list goes on….

Now the deep water locations of Corbeteña and El Banco are still sporting 150 lb Yellowfin Tuna with Crystal Clear Sapphire blue water and abundant bait. Sailfish are also getting thicker by the day as they love this area with the varied terrain and abundant bait come summer time. Marlin are here, but it is a low percentage catch for the moment. We´re still a little early in the Season for Marlin, but I hear Cabo is seeing some Blue Marlin now. They have not as yet given me a confirmation date as when to expect them, but we know they´ll be here shortly with no announcement.  At Corbeteña you may need to look a little to the south west about ten to fifteen miles out from the rock to find Yellowfin where the warm currents seem to be bringing in more bait from down south. You´re looking at twelve hour fishing trips for these fish amigos. I am making crazy stupid deals on Magnifico, Andelé and Guanatuna II my super panga just to get the boats moving and my captains in tortillas. No specifics here for my competition to use, but call or Email me and get a deal you would never see unless my guys weren´t sitting idle… you´ll be glad you called.

Tres Maria Islands have been on the quiet side. Not many boats heading out this way with lower tourism and Yellowfin Tuna at El Banco. The fuel expense doesn´t make sense when it´s a gamble there as well for triple the fuel expense!

As I mentioned earlier, Fishing on any given day poses its own challenges which a competent crew and captain will see and know how to deal with. With our normal challenges of Dirty water from the mountains, strange currents, seas, bait and water conditions, nothing is ever exact or go as we would like. The primary challenge of fishing is still Man against Fish in what would be considered the equivalent of Elephant or Lyon Hunting in Hemmingway’s days. Big Game, Deep Sea or World Class Sportfishing are three different terms for the same thing. It has never been cheap and is getting more expensive every day. Remember what you´re paying for, the first thing being the truth from the people you are dealing with. Everyone in Marina Vallarta these days except three of us are all selling ¨cheap¨ with the added benefit of a timeshare presentation.  Please remember if you are dealing with anyone or any company make sure you can go back to them if there is an issue. Some guy walking on the boardwalk or coming up to you in a restaurant trying to sell tours, timeshare or fishing is not the people you want to deal with. The boats these guys push are NOT INSURED HAVE NO LEGAL LICENSES and too cheap to have top notch equipment and tackle that is maintained. In reality they are expensive for what they offer, except for a cheap price on a boat that doesn´t look like its photo or may not even be the same boat you expected. There are lists of things that are different than better quality boats, service being the main factor. Having said that, if you are looking for price, I can put you on the best of the economy boats in Marina Vallarta. Most are charging ¨ putting myself out of business¨ prices, and then let me put you on the best of those Mexican hand crafted boats. Your professional expectations should be lowered with fewer baits, older equipment (fine working), not a beautiful or overly well maintained boat, but they will have insurance and licensed captains. Not that guy in the restaurants third cousin on his mother’s side for a captain who works once month fishing would be a bad thing?!  There are some decent guys out there, but if you are not in the game here in PV, then you are the game…. Like being played?

Guanatuna and some happy people…www.masterbaiter.com.mx

For now, we have no delusions for what the Fishing Tourism holds for us this year. We know the press is putting out as much as they can against all of Mexico and lets face it they are giving the American and International Press plenty to write about. For those who know Mexico and Places like Cabo or Puerto Vallarta these fears are unfounded in fact on any level. The big surprise is people suddenly realize there is crime in Mexico, well DA!  With 150 million people in the country things are going to happen. The numbers they quote as Americans passing away in Mexico include Heart Attacks, Strokes, Car Accidents, and some crime. Houston last year had more Americans die from drug related incidents than all of Mexico. Does that mean the USA is Dangerous, maybe. Does it mean if you put all the heart attacks, etc in the death count that you will have a problem or incident, hardly! But with this false press, the hotels are empty, the restaurants are running deals, the peso is as favorable to exchange rates as I have ever seen them to the dollar and these World Famous Fishing Grounds we just spoke of are as empty as you will ever see them. To have El Banco and the High Spots to your self is an unexpected luxury and when things turn around will return to being crowded. For the guy who can think for himself and has the facts he needs in hand, he knows this is an opportunity that should be taken advantage of if the inclination is there.

I just want to say thanks for reading my ramblings and as always you can expect to get Straight Talk about the fishing and conditions here in Puerto Vallarta. Please tell your friends of my articles and sign up to my blog and web site for instant updates. Master Baiter´s is the only in depth and accurate fishing report you will find on the internet where I am  not talking about  how cool we are as a company, everyone already knows who we are. So what you hear in real time is useable information now if you are heading out fishing. Your expectations should be in line with the reports here and you will find yourself happier and spending money on fuel when you get the best Bang for your Buck…..

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

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.

You can come be a ¨Fan¨ on Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325  looking forward to meeting you online.  Reports, Fish Pic of The Day, Local information, Tournament information  and all that good stuff that keeps you informed and not wasting your time or money on B.S., if  you know what I mean. Also Facebook Fans get special perks you won´t find in my reports.

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: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx Web page:  http://www.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.

 

Perfect Conditions: Blue Water, Bait and Yellowfin Tuna @ 150 lbs Hit El Banco / Corbeteña,

Perfect Conditions: Blue Water, Bait and Yellowfin Tuna @ 150 lbs Hit El Banco / Corbeteña,

Written by Stan Gabruk

Every year I wait for the second week of June, to me this is when the second tourism season begins. Kids are out for the summer, teachers are free to travel and the fishing turns into something spectacular. Water temperatures are a perfect 82 degrees (rising nicely) and as blue as you´ll ever get it with bait moving in daily in massive amounts. We´ve also seem some unusual things happening with Sailfish moving in to the shore areas and taking baits as fast as they can find them. The deep water locations are doing well also with Yellowfin Tuna, Skip Jack Tuna, Marlin and more.  For all you Anglers and Danglers there is fish to be had as fishing is GOOD right now. If you´re in the area or just reading about the area, Puerto Vallarta Fishing is right on time amigos.

150 lb Yellowfin Tuna at El Banco and Corbetena

For years now I have warned you about the guy selling billfish in the bay and to run, not walk from this guy. As you may expect this is exactly what has happened. We have 70 lb Sailfish chasing bullets or in real terms Baby Bonito and Baby Skip Jack Tuna practically into the shore. A four hour trip right now is a great value and the time requirements are minimal. Dorado are running 15 to 20 lbs, not monsters but great tasting. So if you´re looking  to get  some  short time action in on a budget and you´re here in PV now would be a good time to raid One: The piggy Bank or Two: Your wife’s purse (or husbands wallet as the case may be). And yes, you too can catch all this in four hours. Imagine, Sailfish in a four hour trip, they´re doing it like a machine right now amigos, right now.

If you decide you need more than four hours, the area from Cabo Corrientes has 50 lb Football Tuna, Pompano and if you come a little into the bay you have Bonito and Dorado. Eight hours is a day you´ll need for the points but well worth the time. If you go in the other direction you´ll also find Sailfish, Dorado a little larger in the 20 to  25 lb range. Striped Marlin out towards El Banco, but the water is warming up a little to much for Striped Marlin. Blue and Black Marlin are penciled in my date book for mid June, cross  your fingers. Punta Mita for now is mostly about these two species. Rooster fish have left the building for now, but they´ll be back without warning.

The Marietta islands are on the slow side, frankly with fish in as close as they are there is not much reason to head out twenty eight miles to get what you can in front of Marina Vallarta, no kidding.  Still, those venturing out will once more find Sailfish, Dorado, Skip jack Tuna, Bonito, Snapper, Pompano and the list goes on.  It´s hard to show the Marietta islands as super special right now when there are so many fish to choose from and close in as well. Worth the time and you of course never know what will happen tomorrow. Worth the time, but you´ll have to make the call when it come to your ever increasing fuel expense.

El Banco an Corbeteña are alive with Yellowfin Tuna, larger Dorado in the 30 to 40  lb range, Cubera Snappers, Rainbow runners, Amber Jacks and the possible Marlin. All and all the Yellowfin Tuna are in the 150 lb range and and are looking for your bait. It´s hard to make one area seem better than another when there are fish at all your favorite locations amigo.

Baby Dorado

All and all the fishing is great because the conditions are perfect. The stage is set with bullets or in normal terms baby Bonito and Skip jack tuna. The favorite bait for just about evey species with fins and gills. If you can make these for bait, then you may just fin Moby Dick in the bay amigo or his distant cousin. One thing for sure you will not have prefect conditions like this for long before the fish grow both in size and abundance. All we need now are some Monster Yellowfin Tuna, Black Marlin, Blue Marlin and get the Roosters back then we´ll be in fishing heaven.

The days have been getting longer, warmer and more humid as you would expect at this time of the year. You can just feel the thickness or the air as the humidity increases and makes it feel like a pressure cooker when standing in the sun. But this is normal for a few weeks then t he rainy season or Seasonal Rains as I call them kick in and give us a little relief from the pressure for a little while. We´ll have the trash line and all the smaller species that feed on it. For us it keeps short days productive with Dorado and other species living off the organic ¨things¨ in the water. Things like seeds, roots, leaves, organic stuff that they love to feed on. Snook or Roballo will also be at the river mouths waiting for some succulent morsel to wander in  front of them, do don´t forget about these fish as most do. Well most of my Mexican friends know how this white meat fish taste. But most close their mind to other possibilities like Roballo which is a shame. But I understand targeting Huge Fish, this is the place to do it.

Floating Fridge

If you are a boat owner or operator, remember with the rains come all sort of things, like floating refrigerators, tree stumps, floating tires, you name it. Keep your speeds down in the dark morning hours heading out. Many of these obstacles are under the surface of the water invisible except for the outline this ¨thing¨ will produce. Many a prop, shaft or rudder has learned these things the hard way, don´t you be one of them heading out too quickly, it may cost you the day and more.

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.

You can come be a ¨Fan¨ on Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325  looking forward to meeting you online.  Reports, Fish Pic of The Day, Local information, Tournament information  and all that good stuff that keeps you informed and not wasting your time or money on B.S., if  you know what I mean. Also Facebook Fans get special perks you won´t find in my reports.

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: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx Web page:  http://www.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.

Ready or Not, Puerto Vallarta Fishing Explodes, Yellowfin Tuna 150 lbs, Blue Marlin Moving In Now

Ready or Not, Puerto Vallarta Fishing Explodes, Yellowfin Tuna 150 lbs, Blue Marlin Moving In Now

Written by Stan Gabruk

Ok, the month of May is behind us now, water temperatures are moving upwards a little bit each day, bait is also more abundant. The water is now clean and blue, not so for the last few weeks. Dorado moving into the bay, Sailfish at the Points and Chemo at Cabo Corrientes is seeing fifty pound Football Tuna. Conditions are moving nicely into summer fishing.  Tourism is down, which of course means we´re kinda empty in PV for the moment. This also means empty fishing grounds, cheap hotels, great air fares and even the Dollar is very, very strong to the peso. Everything is coming together nicely for the start of Fishing´s High Season to begin. Even with the press stories about Mexico, tourist are returning and taking advantage of the exchange rate, lower prices and the safe environment we have here in Puerto Vallarta. People have over reacted to the slanted news reports creating for those who see the opportunity a chance to basically ¨own¨ Puerto Vallarta. Those who have visited Vallarta are still coming back for a reason, they know what others refuse to ¨hear¨. It´s time to take advantage of the overcorrection while you still can amigos. Those looking for a Monster Season will find it this year with no unusual conditions like El Nino and La Nina like we´ve had for the last three years. Yes Friends, World Class Fishing has returned to Puerto Vallarta.  You may never have a chance again at uncrowded fishing at El Banco or Corbeteña our world famous fishing grounds.

El Banco or The Bank …Our Super Panga with Capt Tory and some nice sized Yellowfin Tuna

Just a week or so ago we were looking to the south to see the second hurricane of the season here close to Puerto Vallarta (PV).  It was an announcement of sorts about the coming of summer as it pushed warm water and gamefish into the area from the south. As a result we´re seeing Dorado in  smaller sizes (15 to20lbs) and 50lb Football Tuna in the Chemo area near Cabo Corrientes or the Light house area. For now if that was all we had it would be enough for this time of the year. But Bonito, Skip jacks, Snapper around the structure, still some Jack Crevalls (surprising) and other small fare in the bay. Things have improved to the point where four hours is still a short day if looking for decent action. Four hours around the rocks or in a bait ball will make your day. So if you have the inclination, take a shot and get something for the table tonight!

Marietta Islands are still rocking with Sailfish increasing in numbers a few miles past the islands (don´t forget El Morro). Snappers are hitting surface baits, Jack Crevalls for some reason are still around. Pompano, Skip Jack Tuna, Bonito, Dorado, thinning Rooster fish. Lots of bait, blue water and warming water temperatures are all working in the Anglers favor right now.

Yellowfin Tuna Again at Corbeteña http://www.masterbaiters.com.mx

Punta Mita is still rockin like last week. Dorado(25 lbs) getting more abundant by the day, Sailfish a little farther out on a western heading, and Striped Marlin (25lbs) are a little farther out still. Rooster fish (30lbs) at the reef off Sayulita.  If you are in Punta Mita area, take a boat panga, with good equipment, etc. and give it a shot.  Beach pangas in this area will many times do the job, but be selective, beach pangas sell ¨Cheap¨ not good.

Ok, El Banco, Corbeteña have been seeing clear, blue water. Plenty of chorras or live bait in the water.  Water temps are creeping up nicely by the day. What does this mean, well there are Big Yellowfin Tuna at the moment in the 150 lb range. You could bank into a Dorado in the 40lb range, Sailfish, Cubera Snappers (60lbs) and who knows what else is possible. Wahoo, not a schooling fish, but ever present in these two world class fishing grounds. If your bait looks raked or if your broken line is a little chaffed, find you wire or cable rigged lures and go for it. Dorado is a special fish with a milky white colored meat that is incredible when it´s on the table.

That is about it for now. Remember with the rainy season, rain is good. Fish get excited when it´s raining since the rain drops hitting the surface of the water looks like bait coming down from a bait ball leap. There are some tricks you can use when there are fish also, but not taking baits, ask your captain. But the Dorado trick of using the wash down hose to sprinkle the water, then cast a Google eye in the middle of the ¨sprinkle¨ and you will have a trick that can work nicely when fish are being fickle.

Suggestion: Keep an eye on the Peso. As the stock market  takes a nose dive, the peso gets weaker compared to the dollar, it doesn´t make sense, but there you are. At this time when  this article is being written you can  get close to 14 pesos to the dollar. If you wait until just before you are coming down you probably won´t see that good a rate anywhere! So get your pesos in the states when the peso is down or you basically get more money for your money! For those who come to PV or Mexico in  general a fair amount, this is how you make your life less expensive.  Also,if you are here, the exchange rates for you dollar are always better using ATM´s. You get the bank rate, not the commission rate.

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.

You can come be a ¨Fan¨ on Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325  looking forward to meeting you online.  Reports, Fish Pic of The Day, Local information, Tournament information  and all that good stuff that keeps you informed and not wasting your time or money on B.S., if  you know what I mean. Also Facebook Fans get special perks you won´t find in my reports.

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: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx Web page:  http://www.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.