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: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx  Web page:  www.MasterBaiters.com.mx , Local Phone at: (044) 322 779 75 71 or if roaming: 011 52 1 322 779 75 71 cell phone direct Facebook: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325 The trade name Master Baiter’s ® Sportfishing and Tackle is protected under trade mark law and is the sole property of Stan Gabruk.

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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It´s Dorado and Billfish City at Corbeteña and El Banco

                       It´s Dorado and Billfish City at Corbeteña and El Banco

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

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As we march into tourisms high season, fishing is still at peak performance with perfect conditions all over our world famous fishing grounds of Corbeteña and El Banco. Blue water, plenty of bait varieties and enough fish to support weekly local tournaments and sport fisherman alike. It´s simple, get on a boat, get to the Marietta Islands, drop baits and lures, head towards Corbeteña or El Banco and get ready for the action to begin amigo. It´s summer fishing in paradise and it´s time for you to get your share!

Once again this week we´ve seen no rain as the rainy and Hurricane season comes to an end. This of course means the Trash Line is mostly a thing of the past, but that doesn´t mean there isn´t great fishing around the bay of Banderas. Bonito are still all over the bay running 25 to 35 lbs, perfect bait size for Sailfish and Marlin. Jack Crevalls, a winter species is still in the bay in nice numbers. Yellowfin Tuna Footballs around Yelapa, Sailfish around La Cruz to Punta Mita, with 20 lb Dorado all over the bay. For the visiting Angler who is looking to catch something for the dinner table, then you´re in luck amigo. Give yourself a six hour trip to make sure you get a chance to find that arm burning action. Remember, fish move and they have most likely changed location from the day before, so give yourself some ¨looking time¨ unless of course they know you´re coming, then that´s another thing!

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The area around the Marietta Islands have been on the slow or dead side now for weeks, but this doesn´t mean these normally reliable fishing grounds can`t spring to action. Sailfish and Dorado can be in the area, but they´ve been mostly out of the area towards the deep water locations. El Morro has had Sailfish action and is more reliable, but once you´re in the area, drop baits and start trolling outwards from the bay. The farther you move out from the island area the more likely you´ll boat a Sailfish, Blue Marlin or Dorado in the 25 to 35 lb range. Any day now we´ll see this area explode with action again, but that day is not today amigo, other areas are more attractive for now and I wouldn´t spend much time here unless you see bait balls in the area.

Punta Mita is all about Sailfish and if you can find any floating trash or logs, then you´ll be in Dorado City. The area around Sayulita seems to be a recent hangout out. No guarantees, but if you´re heading to the Marietta Islands, then take a few minutes and try out the point.

As is normal in Summer the best fishing grounds are either El Banco or Corbeteña. It´s been like that forever and this week is no different. Marlin anywhere from 250 to 800 lbs are possible, Black or Blue, they`re both hanging out. Sailfish are all tournament winners, Cubera Snappers to 60 lbs for the bottom fishing types. Yellowfin Tuna are not exactly on tap, but there have been some strange incidents where 100 lb Yellowfin have been boated. For the most part Yellowfin Tuna will be between 25 and 40 lbs around the High Spots in El Banco or at Corbeteña. No promises you´ll boat a nice Yellowfin tuna, but you have a ¨chance¨. Ten hour trips are what the doctor is ordering these days to Corbeteña, El Banco is a little farther and the possibilities of a thousand pound Marlin is always there. If you´re fishing and you want it world class, then you need to be in these two areas.

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With perfect blue water, plenty of Flying fish, Skippies, Goggle Eyes and bullet Bonito, there is no shortage of choices for the local species. Now that we´re out of the worst of Hurricane Season there is no reason to believe the fishing will take a turn for the worse until after the New Year´s Holiday season. So make your vacation plans to go fishing now, we´ll be waiting to hear from you.

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: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx  Web page:  http://www.MasterBaiters.com.mx , Local Phone at: (044) 322 779 75 71 or if roaming: 011 52 1 322 779 75 71 cell phone direct Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325 The trade name Master Baiter’s ® Sportfishing and Tackle is protected under trade mark law and is the sole property of Stan Gabruk.

Summer Pushes Forward, Water Temps Up, Sailfish Hungry

Summer Pushes Forward, Water Temps Up, Sailfish Hungry

Written by: Stan Gabruk owner of Master Baiter´s Sportfishing & Tacklewww.Masterbaiters.com.mx 05 09 2014 Chelita Sailfish

If you were in Puerto Vallarta you´d think it was summer. Water Temperatures are back up around the 78 to 81 degree range. Bait is thick, Breeding Season is coming to an end as all the species are taking bait again. It´s still the clear green water conditions for the most part, but that´s OK since it really doesn´t hurt anything, blue is still preferable for visibility reasons. Dorado are moving back in, early actually for the season, but Dorado have been in the area all winter long, so why would this surprise any of us? Sounds great, right? Well for the ¨salty¨ captains this is the situation, they´re catching fish. Lesser Captains and crews are still coming in ¨wanting¨, again nothing new there. From this point on, it will only get hotter, both for the weather and for fishing. So get your loose change together, it´s time to think ¨World Class Fishing¨!

Shortly after the last report, things began to break loose. Rooster fish are sizeable at 60 lbs, but will now take Goggle eyes for bait, not only the abundant Sardines. You´ll have to hit the area around Anclote, the reef off Sayulita, north of Punta Mita. While there, find a Buoy and you´ll also find Dorado in the 25 to 35 lb range. Not exactly abundant, but there. North of Sayulita near San Pancho the Sailfish are still having a fiesta as they party around bait balls the size of McDonalds, parking lot and all. Plan a ten hour fishing day and you too can join in the fun.www.masterbaiters.com.mx 05 13 2014  Andy and Chris Gallen on Magnifico

Marietta Islands are also coming back to life with Rooster Fish as well. Also running in the 60 lb range, these quill backed demons will show you what Deep Sea Fishing is all about. Not the best tasting of species, as long as they´re a little under cooked, they´re not too bad. Dorado are here as well, but not in numbers you can rely on. This will change in the next few days so don´t get your panties in a bunch, be patient. Snappers in the 12 to 35 lb range are perfect as a blue plate special. Amber Jacks are thicker as they are running 40 lbs or so and they´re great tasting. Bonito, Jack Crevalls, Skip Jacks Tuna round out what´s happening in the area. It´s an eight hour day, it´s going to be very warm to hot (warm for acclimated types) and worth the time and money to boat a Sailfish here. Yes I said Sailfish, not thick like San Pancho, but picking up in numbers as we speak.

Corbeteña and El Banco are still a little quiet, this will change in the coming weeks. Still lots of Jack Crevalls, Cubera Snappers in the 50lb range, Amber Jacks to 60 lbs and Orca Whales everywhere. Can´t figure that one out since these are cold water fish, must be the abundance of bait! For now, save your fuel dollar for better days in this area. Now if you just absolutely, positively have to have a Monster Yellowfin Tuna, then head to the Tres Maria Islands. Yellowfin Tuna are running over 250 lbs for the lucky angler. Average size for this past week has been 140 lbs. Just remember keep your distance, it´s still a fishery and the local authorities will chase you out of the restricted area or grab you, your boat and your equipment. You could also be stuck on that prison island like some have been for a good stretch of time. So be smart or you may find yourself in a high security prison even the hardened criminals can´t get away from! Plan on a 16 hr day minimum when making this trip, overnight trips make the most sense. www.masterbaiters.com.mx 05 12 2014 Skip Jack Tuna at MariettA iSLands 600 pxls

Inside the bay, believe it or not small Dorado in the 15 to 20 lb range (babies that need to be thrown back) are picking up in numbers. A great indication of things to come. I would not be surprised if Sailfish move into the Bay of Banderas chasing these delectable bait treats! Remember, Billfish love to eat Dorado, but when you troll a Dorado as bait, they die too quickly. But they will chase them so if you´re in the bay and find Dorado, keep a peeled eye, you may be glad you did.

We are still seeing some swirly currents, water temps are still a little streaky, but we´re a little early for fishing’s High Season to begin. The bite is moving earlier in the day and by the end of the week will be earlier than later, so plan accordingly. Bait is plentiful, maybe a little too plentiful. An experienced captain knows how to maneuver around these challenges, just make sure you´re paying for a superior captain or the few bucks you saved will result in disappointing day fishing. One piece of advice, fuel prices are going up at least thirty dollars a trip, per month with the fuel pricing strategy the Mexican Govt has. The smart money is booking boats before the prices jump considerably and they are moving upwards now. World Class Deep Sea or Sportfishing as it´s called is not for people looking to save money. Now I am not saying throw your money away, but stop and think about it, we all have the same expenses, legit companies that is, why are some boats or companies so much cheaper than others? One reason is Insurance, well paid crews, fuel usage on fast boats, electronics, fresh line, smooth drags, radios (no joke) and a service oriented company will always be ¨cheap¨ insurance for a fun, productive and safe day. Be smart, what you don´t know can hurt you and your family…..www.masterbaiters.com.mx 05 12 2014 Red Snappers Marietta Islands

Master Baiter´s is now producing a weekly news letter and posting up to the minute fishing conditions on my blog. Fire me an email if you care to get on my travel agent list so you have the up to the minute information that can make or break your day amigos.. YeHa! I´ll be standing by to hear from  you…..

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: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx  Web page:  http://www.MasterBaiters.com.mx , Local Phone at: (044) 322 779 75 71 or if roaming: 011 52 1 322 779 75 71 cell phone direct Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325The trade name Master Baiter’s ® Sportfishing and Tackle is protected under trade mark law and is the sole property of Stan Gabruk.

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 for.MasterBaiters.com.mx 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”!MasterBaiters.com.mx 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: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx  Web page:  http://www.MasterBaiters.com.mx , Local Phone at: (044) 322 779 75 71 or if roaming: 011 52 1 322 779 75 71 cell phone direct Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325The trade name Master Baiter’s ® Sportfishing and Tackle is protected under trade mark law and is the sole property of Stan Gabruk.

Punta Mita Sees Return of Sardines, Rooster Fish, Pompano

Punta Mita Sees Return of Sardines, Rooster Fish, Pompano

Written by: Stan Gabruk owner of Master Baiter´sSportfishing & TackleOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Every year at about the second week of April winter begins to change into summer. When this happens we call it a ¨Transition period¨. Those involved in the fishing business (Captains, Crews, etc.) know and understand that this is essentially the worst time of year to go fishing. First and foremost is the fact that the local species are just full of eggs keeping their interest anywhere except in taking your bait. Then there´s the annual change of currents as they flip directions now moving south to north. As warm water moves in the sun hangs longer daily in the Tropical Skies of Puerto Vallarta. This churned, swirling water conditions can result in brown, coffee colored water as the sediment on the sea floor inside the bay gets churned up. Typically all at the same time, we have warm currents, cold currents and fish that are not interested in your trolled baits. That´s the bad news, the good news is; that will shortly be behind us. May brings stability, dominant summer currents and of course world class species, Sailfish being the first to arrive in thin numbers. For the last month, I´ve done my best to make this sound as positive as I possibly can and still keep the truth factor firmly in place.

Having said all that, some of the best news this week was the fact that Sardines, which have been in, then out, are in again. Water temperatures are still moderate and on the cool side, but inching their way up to 75 degrees or so on average. Not exactly blue water, but the clear green water we have, getting clearer everyday, is not hindering the fish. Blue water is preferable, green works. Now you may be asking yourself ¨Where¨ is it getting better? One place, the best place, is still off the point of Punta Mita. To be exact, the area around Sayulita and a bit north are just exploding with Rooster fish in the 35 to 60 lb range, Pompano running 45 lbs, Snapper are also taking trolled baits and are running the same general size of 15 to 30 lbs. Sailfish are in the area, but sparse. Dorado, forget about them for now. Eight hour trips are mandatory if you’re looking for any sizeable fish to put on the table. Sorry, that´s just the way it is.04 26 2014 Mi Jenny, 8 hrs, Chema 026

Forget about the deep water locations of El Banco and Corbeteña, same issues, cold water, no fish. Don´t waste your money heading out to these distant locations until you hear word of any action first. For the guys looking for sizeable Trophy Game fish, then you´ll need to bite the bullet when it comes to the fuel budget. Not to mention the sheer time it will take to get there and back on a slow boat conserving fuel so you can actually make it back under power, a biggie for sure. Yellowfin Tuna are about the only players at the Tres Maria Islands, so don´t go expecting anything other than Yellowfin Tuna. The Tres Maria Islands are a fishery, so I have a real issue with those fishing in this area, legal buffer zone or not. Once they fish out the fisheries, like the Seiners are doing now, then we can fold up the fishing industry and sell T-Shirts to tourist… wait, I already do that!

Those looking at short day fishing will still find fun action in the bay with Jack Crevalls, Bonito, Skip Jack Tuna, smaller snappers to 20 lbs max and more Sierra Mackerals than you can count. For younglings or those looking for some fun on the bay with a limited budget, then a super panga on the bay for four to six hours will do you nicely. For now the fishing could be better, but it´s not bad.

For now the latest fishing information for the locals or visiting tourist is key. You need to know when the bite is, mid morning by the way, what the water temperatures are and where the ¨hot¨ spots are. I started to put updates out to my Facebook friends. If you would like to receive my weekly updates, normally about two a week if things change, then send me an email and I´ll put you on my contact list. I will also start a video fishing report shortly, I have done one already, but I´m as exciting as watching paint dry, so we´re working on that as well.04 24 2014 8 hrs, Jeff Payne Mi Jenny 600 pxls So if you want to be informed of the latest and greatest, especially if you have local clients like the travel agents I work with, then this is a free service that is invaluable when you need it. My contact information is at the bottom of this article…  Looking forward to seeing your responses and questions amigos…..  

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: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx  Web page:  http://www.MasterBaiters.com.mx , Local Phone at: (044) 322 779 75 71 or if roaming: 011 52 1 322 779 75 71 cell phone direct Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325The trade name Master Baiter’s ® Sportfishing and Tackle is protected under trade mark law and is the sole property of Stan Gabruk.  

Erratic Water Temps, Mega Bait vs Breeding Season!

Erratic Water Temps, Mega Bait vs Breeding Season!

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

Spring has sprung and love is in the air, or rather water where fishing is concerned. Conditions are challenging with swirling currents, rapidly changing water temperatures and an over abundance of bait. The Seasoned Captains with electronics have the edge with water temperatures fluctuating from 69 degrees to 74 degrees with the warmer water being the better the fishing. This may all sound strange, but for the locals we know what spring means. The fishing is actually fairly good, but again, it´s gonna be work amigo.04 02 2014 Rooster Fish wChema 600Pxls

Short day fishing in the bay is still alive and well with Jack Crevalls in the 30 top 50 lb range and frankly will be found all over the area. Snappers are running 10 to 20 lbs in the area and are taking trolled spinners or Sardines or silver spoon type rigs, larger than smaller. Sierra Mackerals, Skip Jack Tuna and Bonito and a host of others are all possible near the structure. Great fishing for those on a budget or those with kids, you´ll have fun.

The Marietta Islands is / are still running hot and cold, literally with the swirling currents and fickle fish. With breeding season in full swing it´s difficult at times to get these abundant and fickle fish to look at your baits. The warm areas are naturally working better than the chilled streaks, but Jack Crevalls don´t care much about cold and will most likely be in the cooler swirls. Rooster fish are abundant in the 35 to 60 lb range and like the rest of them will ignore your baits one day, then attack anything shinny the next. It all comes down to the bite. So when is the bite you may ask? The bite changes a little daily, so you have to stay on top of this crucial piece of observed information you can only get by being on the water. Right now we´re looking at a mid morning bite and a mid afternoon bite. Sleep in a little, the fish are on a schedule right now. Dorado are in and out. Red Snappers in the 30 lb range are taking baits nicely, Pompano in the 30 lb range, Amber Jacks, Skip Jacks and the list goes on. Again, hit the bite and have varied baits at the ready, they´re all fickle!

At the Punta Mita point, things have changed as well. Sailfish and the Marlin have thinned out and are almost impossible to find with the chilled water conditions. North of Punta Mita, north of San Pancho you have a shot at Sailfish and Dorado in the warm currents sliding down from Mazatlan. Other than that, not much reason to head to the point.04 05 2014 African Pompano, El Duende 600pxls

Those looking for trophy Yellowfin Tuna can find them at the Tres Maria Islands. For the record the islands are a restricted area where a prison is located. It´s also a fishery, which means it´s a breeding area for Yellowfin Tuna. The restricted are ranges from twelve to fifteen miles. This means fishing inside this area is illegal and has legal ramifications. Lately there have been more and more federal agents checking to make sure you respect the boundaries. Having said that 200 lb and larger Yellowfin Tuna are being boated daily and have taking bait with no spring spawning issues. FYI, there are at least five more longer range boats setting up business to head to these prison islands and soon there will be more and more anglers fishing our fisheries. With the Seiners on top of that, it´s just a matter of time now before the Yellowfin Tuna numbers are in the dumper. For what seems so obvious is lost on those raking in the money. It´s a hundred miles one way amigo, if you´re a fanatic, then you´ll be happy to pay in both time and money.

The good and the bad of it all is we´re in a transition period from winter to summer, with spring being just a road bump in between. Water currents will be changing and we may see some dirty water from the bottom sediments being stirred up with the changing currents. We will be looking at the seasonal changes in the next few weeks as we lead into summer fishing. We expect warm water conditions to return shortly and of course the warm water species of Marlin, Sailfish, Yellowfin Tuna and Dorado. So be patient and at the ready. When things get moving again the fishing will be outstanding, which can be any day.

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: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx  Web page:  http://www.MasterBaiters.com.mx , Local Phone at: (044) 322 779 75 71 or if roaming: 011 52 1 322 779 75 71 cell phone direct Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325The trade name Master Baiter’s ® Sportfishing and Tackle is protected under trade mark law and is the sole property of StanGabruk.

Water Temps Drop, Abundant Bait, Picky Fish!

Water Temps Drop, Abundant Bait, Picky Fish!
Written by: Stan Gabruk owner of Master Baiter´s Sportfishing & Tackle
Sometimes what seems like a good thing can actually turn into a ¨pain in the drain¨. Right now there is abundant bait to the tenth power. And there is a variety of bait to choose from if you’re a game fish here in Banderas Bay and vicinity. Water temperatures have returned to 74 degrees, not a bad thing, and the fishing is great, but only if you hit the bite. Which of course means we know the place, we just have to be there at the right time which of course now is mid afternoon with a full moon. As the moon fades like it is now, there will be a morning bite. The full moon was causing problems this past week as fish were using the light of the moon looking upward to zero-in on the baits. As far as winter fishing goes, it´s still great, but the summer species may be harder to find until the water warms up a little. Since it´s spring, that won´t be long.DSCF0407
Instead of going into the normal report this week, I am going to use a situation to describe what is happening in our world famous fishing grounds. Every boat gets bait in the morning as we leave Marina Vallarta, we pay about a dollar or so a bait and get ten to fifteen, standard procedure for the fishing boats. But that doesn´t mean that the fish will prefer these baits (Google Eyes). If you head out to an area and find there are plenty of targeted fish, you could gaff them up on the boat (but that´s not being a sportsman), but they won´t take the bait you have. At that point, you better have the bait they´re seeing around them which of course means you have to catch what they´re biting. Once you catch what they´re hitting, then you too have a chance to get one or several as well. You may also find these fish are so ¨full¨ from a nite or super early morning feed, they won´t even glance at your presentation. This has been the case as well this week at all the fishing grounds, period.

First you have to get to the area where you can  find bait like this. Hand held GPS´s and hand held CB radios are not what you want  to see on the boat.

First you have to get to the area where you can find bait like this. Hand held GPS´s and hand held CB radios are not what you want to see on the boat.

Inside the bay the Snappers are picking up in numbers, the bite will be great in the next few days as the full moon continues to fade. They are running 20 to 30lbs if you can get them to take a bait. Jack Crevalls are just thick in the Los Animas / Mahuitas areas. Sierra Mackerals are great eating, but better for bait to lure Rooster fish. Bonito, Skip Jack Tuna, the normal winter species are all here as well. Late Day fishing is great, but the morning hours are not working, so sleep in a little and keep an ear to the wind amigos.
The Marietta Islands and the Punta Mita Point are great with action with a variety of species available. Just like everywhere this week, finding fish is not difficult, getting a fish like a ¨stuffed to the brim¨ Rooster fish from feeding all night long to take your bait is the challenge. Rooster fish in the 35 to 50 lb range, hitting Sierra Mackerals or their favorite bait of bullet Bonito. Sailfish and Dorado are 3 miles off the point and the Marietta Islands are stuffed as well. Snappers to 35 lbs, mostly smaller in the 15 lb range are picking up in numbers. Bonito, Skip Jacks in the 30 lb range are abundant as are Jack Crevalls to 40 lbs. Mucho Pompano, and the list goes on. Next few days should show improvement.

Dorado in the bay... Robert Dunn Party

Dorado in the bay… Robert Dunn Party

El Banco, Corbeteña, the same story. Cubera Snappers to 60lbs, No Marlin, No Sailfish and smaller Yellowfin with the spinner dolphin in the 35 to 55 lb range. Not enough reason to head to this area. Wait a week, things could change and normally does. Water everywhere is back to the bluest it can be. Next week could be a different story.
This past week we´ve seen White Tip Sharks hanging around the Marietta Islands. They´ve been biting your baits in two and there is nothing you can do about it amigo. So for now keep an eye open and avoid the shark infested waters or you won´t be getting any fish, Sharks si, they are never around for long.
Look for the bite to begin again in the earlier morning hours after the moon fades, so get out early if you can. The afternoon bite is going to be about 2:00 P.M. so plan accordingly.
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: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx Web page: http://www.MasterBaiters.com.mx , Local Phone at: (044) 322 779 75 71 or if roaming: 011 52 1 322 779 75 71 cell phone direct Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325 The trade name