Contender Sports Fishing III

Home to some seriously large fish, Mexico’s Pacific waters is the place to be for big game fishing. Explore these productive waters with Contender Sports Fishing. Based out of the luxury resort of Puerto Vallarta, they’re in a prime location to get out onto the open seas in no time. Captain Ildefonso Joya has fishing in his DNA, with over 30 years of experience running charters into the Pacific. There’s hardly anyone better suited to get you reeling in the biggest fish.

This 29’ Nava center console is a purpose-built fishing vessel. You’ll have an unrestricted 360-degree view of the crystal clear waters, and plenty of space to steady yourself while battling huge fish. There’s covered and uncovered space to sit, as well as a fully-functioning toilet – which will be very useful on longer trips! Make use of the onboard cooler to stock your snacks and drinks, and use the USB or Bluetooth system to have your favorite music blasting.

Head nearshore to bottom fish the reefs or go up to 60 miles offshore in search of big game fish. Anything is possible! On shorter trips, expect to target exotic Roosterfish and tough-fighting Jack Crevalle, among many more. When offshore, you’ll troll the deep seas trying to entice the bite of serious Billfish. Go after the majestic Marlin, stunning Sailfish, as well as delicious Tuna and Mahi Mahi, and you can be sure of a memorable day out.

Expect an incredible workout as you try to reel in any of these beasts. Take advantage of the snorkeling equipment to hop in the water, cool off, and see the beautiful underwater world firsthand. At the end of the day, the crew will clean and prepare your catch or take you to take to a local restaurant, where the fun can continue long into the night. An unforgettable time awaits aboard Contender Sports Fishing, so come on down and make the most of it!

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
    price breakdown
    This unbelievable trip will take you to places you could only dream of. Head up to 60 miles offshore to the remotest, deepest oceans and target some huge fish. Troll behind you to entice the bite of beautiful Marlin, stunning Sailfish, or exciting and delicious Tuna and Mahi Mahi. These monsters will require all of your strength to get them on the boat, so you’ll relish the chance to cool off and go snorkeling in the water.
  • Private trip
    12 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    price breakdown
    Experienced anglers and novices alike will appreciate this superb opportunity for a long day on the water. With serious big game fishing on offer and the chance to swim with the exotic creatures around you, there’s something for everyone on board. Expect a big battle as you try to reel in a Billfish or delicious specimen, and take advantage of the opportunity to cool off in the water.
  • Private trip
    10 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    price breakdown
    Head offshore for some serious big game fishing in the Pacific’s productive waters. Troll the deep seas, going after huge and beautiful Marlin and Sailfish, as well as delicious Tuna and Mahi Mahi. These fish are sure to give you the fight of a lifetime so take advantage of the snorkeling gear on board and cool off in the clear blue water.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    price breakdown
    Big game fishing awaits you offshore across the Bay of Banderas. Get ready to spring into action at the sound of the screeching reels as you wait for the bite of some serious Marlin and Stunning Sailfish, as well as tasty Tuna and Mahi Mahi. They’ll all try their best to get away so be prepared for a huge struggle to get them aboard.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    price breakdown
    Experience the nearshore waters of the Bay of Banderas on this all-encompassing morning trip. Atop the crystal clear water you’ll head to the reefs to bottom fish exciting, exotic Roosterfish, Jack Crevalle, and more. These tough-fighting fish will make you use all your strength, so cool off in the stunning sea and open your eyes to the magical world beneath you by going snorkeling.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    price breakdown
    Start your day with the wind in your hair and get ready to get your fish on. As soon as you hit the reefs, you’ll be awake and ready to bottom fish for exotic game fish. Beautiful Roosterfish will be top of your list, but you can also go after exciting Jack Crevalle and the smaller Bonito as you fish the productive Bay of Banderas,

About the Captain

Ildefonso Joya
Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, 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 2016. Powered by 2 50HP Yamaha engines.

29 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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed


Book with 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:

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