Contender Sports Fishing

Leave all your worries behind and head offshore with Contender Sports Fishing. Based out of pristine Puerto Vallarta, you’re a stone’s throw away from the open ocean and the Pacific’s unbeatable big game fishing opportunities. With Captain Ildefonso Joya and his crew, you’ll head to the most productive spots and start reeling in the biggest fish. Having run fishing charters for over 30 years, they know exactly what makes a memorable day out.

Set off aboard a 2016 30’ Nava center console. Powered by twin 115 HP Mercury engines, you’ll speed off as far as 60 miles offshore with the wind in your hair. No matter how far you go, you’ll be comfortable throughout the day. With plenty of space for up to 4 guests to fish at once, you’ll be able to catch the rays or cool off in the shade while your music blasts from the multimedia system. On longer trips, you’ll especially be glad of the onboard toilet.

Trips range from 4 to 14 hours, so you can decide what suits you best. On shorter trips, you’ll stay on the Bay of Banderas, bottom fishing the reefs for exotic Roosterfish, Jack Crevalle and many more. Longer trips will see you head far offshore, going after monstrous big game fish. Expect an enormous struggle trying to reel in exquisite Marlin, Sailfish, Tuna, and Mahi Mahi. A match for any angler, you’ll own all the bragging rights if you manage to best one of these.

After a lengthy battle with these beasts, you’ll need to cool off, so take advantage of the water and ice provided, and put on your snorkeling gear and hop in the water. At the end of the day, the crew will prepare your fish for you to take to a restaurant back on land, so the fun can continue over a delicious meal. These trips really have it all, you just need to bring some snacks and drinks, and settle in for an unforgettable day with Contender Sports Fishing.

Please make sure that you only pay Capt. Ildefonso at the dock.

Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    14 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    14 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    up to 4 persons
    This mammoth trip has it all. Head up to 60 miles offshore to find the biggest fish in the deepest waters. You’ll be all alone on the open oceans with your family or friends, getting stuck into some serious big game fishing. Try to reel in a beautiful Billfish or delicious Tuna or Mahi Mahi, using all your strength to get them aboard, before donning the snorkeling equipment and getting in and among the beautiful fish to cool off.
  • Private trip
    12 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    up to 4 persons
    Experience it all on this once-in-a-lifetime trip. Head far offshore, leaving all of life’s problems behind, and get your fish on. Troll the deep seas to catch some serious big game fish, such as Marlin and Sailfish, as well as delicious Tuna and Mahi Mahi. Expect a tough battle to hook them aboard, so take advantage of the snorkeling gear on board to cool off in the crystal clear water.
  • Private trip
    10 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    up to 4 persons
    Get ready to experience some serious big game fishing and get to know the magical underwater world on this 10 hour trip. Head offshore and go after prestigious Billfish, as well as trying to bag yourself a delicious Tuna or Mahi Mahi to take back to shore. You’ll want to cool off after an epic battle to get these fish on board, so hop in the water and go snorkeling.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    up to 4 persons
    Speed off across the Bay of Banderas and head offshore for some exciting big game fishing. Troll these productive waters to catch the bite of exciting Billfish and delicious-tasting Tuna and Mahi Mahi to take back to shore. Use all your strength to reel in any one of these monsters, and you’ll be in for a day to remember.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    up to 4 persons
    Spend your morning on the productive waters of the Bay of Banderas. On this trip, you’ll get to fish exciting, exotic Roosterfish and Jack Crevalle, among more, as well as getting to snorkel the beautiful reefs, getting to know the underwater world. You’ll have plenty of time to engage in exciting fishing, as well as to relax and enjoy along the calm waters.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    up to 4 persons
    Catch that productive morning bite in the Bay of Banderas. Head off early to go after exciting, and exotic fish, such as Roosterfish, Jack Crevalle, and Bonito, among many more. You’ll be bottom fishing the reefs, aiming to test your skills against these tough-fighting fish.

About the Captain

Ildefonso Joya
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Captain Ildefonso's passion for fishing is only matched by his passion for people. He sees fishing as a way to interact with different people, to enjoy together, and to make new friends. Having run charters since the mid-1980s, he knows exactly what makes a successful fishing trip, and says he'll never tire of seeing people smile as they reel in a big fish.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Jack Crevalle
Marlin (Black)

Marlin (Blue)
Marlin (Striped)

Snapper (Red)
Spanish Mackerel
Tuna (Skipjack)
Tuna (Yellowfin)

Boat Specs

Nava (Center console) originally built in 2016. Powered by 2 115HP Mercury engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 19 knots.

30 ft
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing


Fighting Chair
Life Jackets
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Tuna Tubes
Ice Box
Fighting Chair
Life Jackets
Snorkeling Equipment

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
Fishing License


FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 7 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed


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