Contender Sports Fishing II

Based out of beautiful Puerto Vallarta, Contender Sports Fishing has the open seas at its mercy. Running trips on the famous Bay of Banderas or up to 60 miles out into the Pacific, there’s no end to the fishing opportunities on offer. Captain Ildefonso Joya and his crew have over 30 years experience fishing these fruitful waters, so get ready for a productive day on board. They’ll do everything to help you relax and get the most out of your fishing experience.

This 30’ Nava center console has everything you need for a great day of fishing. Purpose-built, you’ll have perfect vision of the clear blue waters, and plenty of room to steady as you reel in a big one. Whizz off to the deepest waters thanks to the twin 115 HP Mercury engines and sit back, relax, and take in the rays before springing into some serious fishing action. With a multimedia system on board, you can even blast out your favorite tunes.

Hit the reefs of the Bay of Banderas on 4 and 6-hour trips, or head further offshore on longer ones. Wherever you go, you’re in for a fishing extravaganza. Nearshore, Jack Crevalles, and Roosterfish will give you a run for your money as you try to reel ‘em in, while big game fish await offshore. From monstrous Marlin and stunning Sailfish to delicious Mahi Mahi and huge Tunas, you’re in for a fun day of battling it out with these beasts.

Take advantage of the snorkeling equipment on board to cool off. Swim with the tropical fish and see a whole new world around you. All the family is welcome, so settle in for an unforgettable day on the water! All the edible fish caught will be prepared on your way back to the marina so your big day can continue at a local restaurant. Contender Sports Fishing is calling your name, so come aboard and make the most of Mexico’s Pacific coast.

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 Cancelation 7 days notice
    14 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    up to 4 persons
    Get out on the open ocean up to 60 miles offshore and experience some serious big game fishing. Troll for the bite of exceptional Billfish, and try to get yourself a well-earned dinner, by going after delicious Tuna and Mahi Mahi. These monsters will be tough to reel in for any angler, so you’ll be delighted to put on the snorkeling gear to cool off in the luscious water around you.
  • Private trip
    12 Hour Trip
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    12 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    up to 4 persons
    Sail offshore and experience serious big game fishing. Troll the open ocean to entice the bite of Billfish, as well as delicious Tuna and Mahi Mahi. Be prepared to leap into an intense battle at the sound of the screeching reels, as you use all your strength to get these monsters on the boat. After sweating it out, cool off in the water, making use of the onboard snorkeling equipment.
  • Private trip
    10 Hour Trip
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    10 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    up to 4 persons
    Experience the productive Pacific waters with a professional crew, who will do their best to get you reeling in the biggest and most beautiful fish. Head offshore and go after exciting Billfish, like Marlin and Sailfish, as well as trying to catch something tasty to take back ashore – Mahi Mahi and Tunas. After a lengthy fight to get them aboard, cool off and put your snorkeling gear on to see the fish in their real habitat up close.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    up to 4 persons
    Get offshore and experience some serious big game fishing. Go after the huge but beautiful Marlin and Sailfish, as well as delicious Mahi Mahi and Tuna, who will also put up a big fight to get on the boat. Every angler wants to reel in one of these bad boys, so test your skills and become the best on this full-day trip.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    up to 4 persons
    The bay may be calm, but the tough-fighting fish will be anything but. Head out early to catch the morning bite and bottom fish the reefs for beautiful Roosterfish and exciting Jack Crevalle, among more. These fish are sure to give you a run for your money as you try to hook them on the boat, so you’ll want to take advantage of the chance to cool off by snorkeling the clear blue waters.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    up to 4 persons
    Head out early into the Bay of Banderas to avoid the heat and take advantage of the morning bite. Bottom fish the reefs to go after tough-fighting Roosterfish and Jack Crevalle, among many more. This trip will give you a real taste of nearshore fishing in the Pacific, as you target these exciting, exotic 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

Bonito Bonito
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle
Marlin (Black) Marlin (Black)
Marlin (Blue) Marlin (Blue)
Marlin (Striped) Marlin (Striped)
Roosterfish Roosterfish
Sailfish Sailfish
Snapper (Red) Snapper (Red)
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Tuna (Skipjack) Tuna (Skipjack)
Tuna (Yellowfin) Tuna (Yellowfin)

Boat Specs

Nava (Center console) originally built in 2008. 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 Cancelation
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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