Winter with 120 lb Yellowfin Tuna at El Banco, What??

Winter with 120 lb Yellowfin Tuna at El Banco, What??

Written by: Stan Gabruk

Normally come March, I am almost apologizing for the poor fishing and cookie cutter reports. But this year, as was a few years ago, the water is full of summer species fish. Amazing, but true, we won´t discuss El Nino quite yet, but whatever the cause, there were and possibly still are 120lb Yellowfin Tuna off El Banco about ten miles to the north of the high spots. In a word, ¨Strange¨ at best! We all know fish are where you find them and for now anyway, they can be found off all the world famous fishing grounds of Banderas Bay.02 27 2012 120 lb Rooster Fish, Andele,Capt Kawie wText 600pxls

We have continued to see unseasonably warm water temperatures and this is one of the main reasons water temperatures are hovering in the 70´s. Southern California is seeing these flying Squid that follow currents that are normally only found in Japan. This is not a new thing, but it is new for this time of the year amigo. So we have Yellowfin Tuna gorging themselves on not only squid, they´re hitting Sardines and krill squid as well. We had a couple of boats head out the other day we found the fish, just couldn´t get them to pay any attention to the beautiful baits we were presenting! Now that will drive you crazier than your wife spending money and telling you how much she just saved you!

If you have the time and inclination you will find fish everywhere, the challenge is getting them to pay attention to your bait as mentioned. Rooster Fish are stuffing themselves at every corner on Krill squid and Sardines. If you find Roosters in the 35 lb range and larger, then they don´t eat, you better find squid jigs or start running Hoochies amigo. Remember, Elephants eat peanuts too, small works! Corbeteña is still seeing a few Striped Marlin, Bull Dorado ten miles west of Corbeteña are plentiful! Cubera Snappers coming up after the Sardines, Wahoo between 60 and 75 lbs, Amber Jacks, and YF Tuna. Nothing is automatic amigo, so keep your witts with you!02 25 2013 Andele, YF Tuna 120 lbs, Capt Kawi and crew 04 Text

Pretty much the same story at El Banco, Andelé went out to El Banco, got there, the bite was on. 15 hook-ups in 8 hrs of fishing. Nonstop action and burning arms was the order of the day. Yellowfin from who knows where are heavy and running with Dolphin between the high spots and twenty miles north towards the Tres Maria Islands. Who needs a long trip like that when you can have them in a twelve hour day and be home before the little woman notices after a day in the spa! Check the latest report or contact me before going out to make sure you have the latest fishing conditions.

The Marietta Islands are running strong, but there are times when you´ll come in wondering what happened. Rooster fish at El Morro as well, all running large in the range of 35 to 50 lbs and even larger. No real Dorado to speak of, small if any, but the Red Snappers are picking up the slack in the 25 to 35 lb range. Pompano to 30 lbs and great tasting, Bonito, Sierra Mackerals, and more. So keep this in mind, they´re there, but they may not be hungry!

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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”!

Master Baiter´s has changed locations in Marina Vallarta and are now near Victors Café Te Cuba. 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 CITY OR JUNGLE TOUR at our cost ($100mn)!  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: CatchFish@MasterBaiters.com.mx Web page:  http://www.MasterBaiters.com.mx 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: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Master-Baiters-Sportfishing-Tackle/88817121325 Facebook Fans get special perks you won´t find in my reports.

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Yellowfin Tuna Holding Their Own, Marlin More Abundant, Dorado still MIA!

Yellowfin Tuna Holding Their Own, Marlin More Abundant, Dorado still MIA!

Written by Stan Gabruk

 

As we enter the most productive time of the year for monster trophy gamefish we see the clientel is just not coming out to our world famous fishing grounds of Puerto Vallarta. The fish are out there, the conditions are just about perfect, the fishermen are not here. You can point fingers, you can make excuses, you can speculate, but you will find empty fishing grounds and boats putting people out fishing at desperate ¨going out of business¨ pricing. What does this mean to the general consumer looking to go fishing, well it means you can find a boat for just about any price you can imagine. For those who are in Marina Vallarta the fishing has improved from the last couple of weeks. For those with the disposable income, world record sized fish are out there waiting for you. So, the question being put to you is this: ¨Can You Come Out and Play? ¨

The last few weeks I have talked about how the rains were just not doing their job. The trash line all but disappeared, bay water was mostly blue and the fish were sparse unless you were around Yelapa to Cabo Corrientes point at the south end of the bay. Well we´ve had a fair share of rain and the trash is flowing down the mountains. Now this may sound kinda nasty, but in reality this is where the fish are starting to return to the bay. Bait fish are feeding on the organic materials, drawing in larger fish and you get the drift. Small Dorado, Skip Jack Tuna, Snappers and Needle fish are just chowing down on this fish version of fast food. Those looking for Skippies or Skip Jack Tuna are still in luck with then running in the 30lb range from Los Animas increasing in size as you get closer to Cabo Corrientes or farther out in the bay. But for bay fishing, this is a real treat with mostly now dirty water. The rain thing goes both ways. Those with some Mexican Savy know that the dirty water in front of the river mouths are a great place to hook into great tasting Roballo or Snook and Snappers in the 30 to possibly 40lb range. Don´t for Nuevo Vallarta, going up stream there a ways will produce some really large Roballo in the holes by the freeway pilings, but you did not hear that from me…

Sailfish are still on the fickle side. Not too many hanging around the Tres Maria islands, but if you go just a little further south to El Morro they seem to be loving this area for some reason. Not exactly on the island, a mile or two off towards the south will produce some great action with Sailfish abundant, but not exactly jumping into the boat.

Around Punta Mita and Sayulita there have been some better signs of Dorado off the buoys, but they are still only around 25to 35lbs if you´re lucky. Don´t know what happened to the Dorado this year, but if you are like me, you notice they are arriving later and later in the year, they are smaller than you would expect and frankly these fish were always a ¨Day Saver¨ when it comes to getting clients fish. Something strange going on here and it doesn´t look like things will be improving in the years to come. Something to think about, something to care about…. Sailfish are north of Sayulita and out about ten to fifteen miles off the points running in the 80 pound range which is decent for Sailfish amigos.

Corbeteña has shown some signs of life where Yellowfin Tuna and Marlin are concerned. Mostly Blue water with bait means the Yellowfin are having a hard time leaving the area and we can appreciate that for sure. We are still looking for the 200 lb plus sizes when it comes to Yellowfin. I don´t know what the deal is, but we are following three years straight of El Nina and El Nino years. So it may just need time to straighten itself out current wise. Rumor has it Cabo is not having a great year as well, but you should look up Cabo Reports to see what they´re saying there. Cubera Snappers still running in the 50lb range, Midsized Sailfish from 60 just under 100 lbs. Rainbow runners, Amberjacks, Black Marin in the 500 to 700lb range, same for Blue Marlin. You may need to head south west off the rock to find fish, but this is normal. Live Bait is working and the bite is happening anywhere from 9:30 on for the moment. Live bait is still king, especially Google Eyes, but lures will work well for Marlin and Sailfish. Colors are changing, but pink and purple are killing them for the moment.

El Banco is still hot and cold, one day you´re up, the next it´s dead. But this is fishing and if you are one of the lucky ones who are hitting the high spots, you have these fishing grounds to yourself and if anything of any size is hungry, you own the place. You can literally experience what it was like to fish our World Famous Fishing grounds as it must have been in the 50´s or even 60´s when Puerto Vallarta was only a locally known spot for huge fish. Same species here, Sails, Marlin, Cubera Snappers, roll the dice. For me, Corbeteña is the place to be for the time being with the best opportunities for coming in with bucket list fish, if you remember the movie. Check the latest conditions before heading out for sure.

With hurricanes passing us, then hurricanes on the opposite coast from us in Cancun and Veracruz, the weather has been strange, not horrible, but cooler than normal which is being reflected in the fishing. The fish are out there, but they are moving more than I would expect and even if there is bait in the area, Marlin and Yellowfin Tuna are not exactly jumping in the boat either. When things get like this it is very, very important to have a captain with a full line of lures and equipment to make sure if there is a trick that needs to be done, the crew has the tools.

Amber Jack at El Banco, Corbeteña and The Marietta islands

Another thing, as a safety reminder, many boats operating in Marina Vallarta are not using Marine Radios, many are using cell phones. This means they can´t hear the reports in the bay or farther out from other boat. It also means they cannot call for an S.O.S. if there is an issue. Now they are supposed to have radios like this by law, but there you are. If the  boat does not have a radio, do not pay this person, you are expecting basic safety equipment and this is the most basic piece!

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

Don´t forget to visit Marina Vallarta with its 150 shops, restaurants and professional services. It´s Puerto Vallarta´s other Malicon or Boardwalk and it´s largely ignored by tourist with no real promotion by the city, why.. Who knows, but it is how it is amigos. With yachts, and the energy, you owe it to yourself to come down and see it!

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/

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.

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.