Puerto Vallarta

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Puerto Vallarta Fishing Charters

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Puerto Vallarta: 104 fishing charters available

Valeria I

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(105 reviews)
Puerto Vallarta
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trips from $280

Liliana 40

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(78 reviews)
Puerto Vallarta
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Epi Gilligan Fishing

Excellent
4.6 / 5
(68 reviews)
Puerto Vallarta
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trips from $280

Super Panga Tres Estrellas

Excellent
4.6 / 5
(290 reviews)
Puerto Vallarta
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trips from $120

Vallarta Sportfishing – Brisa ll

Excellent
4.6 / 5
(39 reviews)
Puerto Vallarta
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trips from $480

Tres Amores

Excellent
4.6 / 5
(29 reviews)
Puerto Vallarta
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trips from $400

Lucina III Fishing Charters & Tours

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(51 reviews)
Puerto Vallarta
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Burton lll Sport Fishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(53 reviews)
Puerto Vallarta
trips from $360

Valeria’s Sportfishing Tours

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(19 reviews)
Puerto Vallarta
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trips from $280

Cpt. Brother's Boat

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(51 reviews)
Nuevo Vallarta
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trips from $240

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Puerto Vallarta

According to customer reviews, some of the most popular fishing charters in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco are: Full list of top fishing charters in Puerto Vallarta

The average price for a private 4 hour Puerto Vallarta fishing trip is $327, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $701 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Fishing charters in Puerto Vallarta that received great reviews from families are:

The top 3 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in Puerto Vallarta are:

The top 3 fishing techniques in Puerto Vallarta are:

The top 3 types of fishing in Puerto Vallarta are:

Many fishing charters in Puerto Vallarta provide rods, reels and tackle. Some of the top rated are:

According to customer reviews on FishingBooker.com, some of the best rated charter captains in Puerto Vallarta are:

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Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in Puerto Vallarta are:
  • 2-hour fishing trips – $120
  • 4-hour fishing trips – $390
  • 5-hour fishing trips – $438
  • 6-hour fishing trips – $608
  • 7-hour fishing trips – $490
  • 8-hour fishing trips – $779
  • 10-hour fishing trips – $950
  • 12-hour fishing trips – $1,348

Overlooking the Bay of Banderas, Puerto Vallarta screams incredible fishing before you even think of the deep waters of the Pacific. This lively resort town caters to tourists of all sorts, and the best way to get in on the action is aboard a Puerto Vallarta fishing charter. Come year-round to get your fishing fix in style!
 
Roosterfish top the bill in the Bay of Banderas, as you can find these strong yet dazzling creatures all over this shallow body of water. The nearshore reefs are home to Cubera Snapper, Groupers, and Amberjack, so you’re in for a mixed bag on even a short trip out. 
 
Any angler worth their salt in Puerto Vallarta, however, knows that the real excitement lies offshore. Three of Mexico’s prime deep sea fishing grounds – El Morro, La Cortabeña, and El Banco – are all within reach from town. The resident Mahi Mahi population makes for year-long fun, while Tuna come by in summer, along with Blue, Black, and Striped Marlin, and even Sailfish in fall and winter. This is a true big game paradise!
 
Inshore and nearshore trips are a great option for beginners and families, with trips lasting from a couple of hours to half a day. Meanwhile, you’ll need at least a full day to get to the prime offshore fishing grounds. Most anglers favor spending over 12 hours on the water, with the real aficionados going for multi-day Puerto Vallarta fishing charters. 
 

Rules & Regulations

Most charters in town provide a Mexican sportfishing license for all on board, but it’s worth checking with your captain if you need to get one before you board. Your professional guide will also be up-to-date with all the latest bag and size limits, so rest assured you’ll be fishing within the law.
Puerto Vallarta
Excellent
4.1 / 5
Based on 25048 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

January in Puerto Vallarta allows you to see this Mexican town at its best. Temperatures are pleasant in the mid 70s, there's very little rain, and Wahoo and Sailfish fishing is on fire. 

February

The winter is high tourist season thanks to the dry weather and comfortable temperatures, and February is no exception. Hotel prices are high, but don't let that get in the way, as Dorado fishing is excellent.

March

Escape the crowds visiting Puerto Vallarta on Spring Break and head off to try fly fishing for Bass in the nearby lakes. Otherwise, make the most of the great fishing in Banderas Bay.

April

The crowds finally start to disperse and the hotels become cheaper. Inshore fishing in Banderas Bay remains excellent, with Mackerel causing mayhem on light tackle.

May

May is when the fishing really begins to get serious in Puerto Vallarta. Temperatures are between 70-80 degrees, crowds are low, and the Yellowfin Tuna has arrived. It doesn't get better than this.

June

The euphoric conditions of May continue into June, with offshore fishing paying dividends as the water temperatures rise. Target Tuna offshore or Roosterfish, Grouper, and Amberjack inshore.

July

July weather in Puerto Vallarta is hot, and so is Roosterfish fishing. While this spiky species is good all year round, July is arguably the best possible time to catch it. Tuna is still wrecking havoc offshore.

August

Forget about the hot weather and feel the sea breeze: this is the beginning of the high season for Billfish in Puerto Vallarta. Sailfish, Blue Marlin, and Black Marlin are all on fire.

September

With Striped Marlin joining the other behemoths being caught offshore, this is the best month for deep sea fishing in Puerto Vallarta. Add Tuna and Dorado to the mix, and you can't get better than this.

October

Offshore fishing remains incredibly good, although, as with September, anglers need to be aware of the risk of cancellations due to tropical storms. Well, you can't have everything!

November

The weather begins to stabilize and tourist season starts up anew. Say goodbye to hotel discounts, but say hello to huge prizes at the International Marlin and Sailfish Tournament.

December

Celebrate the holiday season in style, along with thousands of other people who have realized that the holidays are better without snowflakes. Could a Billfish Grand Slam be the best Christmas present ever?

Puerto Vallarta Fishing Calendar

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It has so easy access and easily found using google maps/ waze. People are friendly and heppy to help!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It has so easy access and easily found using google maps/ waze. People are friendly and heppy to help!
Luis  G.
Luis G. Mexico
Don’t expect too much, sometimes you are lucky and sometime your not. This is rainy season and fishing is more difficult, but if you happen to get the right crew you will be successful.
Very good
4.0 / 5
Don’t expect too much, sometimes you are lucky and sometime your not. This is rainy season and fishing is more difficult, but if you happen to get the right crew you will be successful.
Fancesca  M.
Fancesca M. Puerto Vallarta, JAL
Been fishing 7 different private charters these guys were great! Thank you!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Been fishing 7 different private charters these guys were great! Thank you!
Byron  K.
Byron K. Linden, PA
On this four hour trip, you are only a couple miles offshore the whole time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
On this four hour trip, you are only a couple miles offshore the whole time.
Jason  D.
Jason D. Houston, TX
The fishing was a little slow at times, but the Spanish Mackerel were biting big in the morning. Afternoon slowed down a bit. Were not able to link up any Mahi or Marlin, but did grab a Rooster to end the day!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The fishing was a little slow at times, but the Spanish Mackerel were biting big in the morning. Afternoon slowed down a bit. Were not able to link up any Mahi or Marlin, but did grab a Rooster to end the day!
Zach  C.
Zach C. Gilbert, AZ
Very organized very efficient had a record a “22 Bonita fish they know the spots book with them
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Very organized very efficient had a record a “22 Bonita fish they know the spots book with them
Cort  C.
Cort C. San Diego, CA
Book a longer trip so you can go out farther. Dress warm in layers if your going early
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book a longer trip so you can go out farther. Dress warm in layers if your going early
Katie  H.
Katie H. Portland, Oregon
The seasoned angler may be disappointed with the lack of “hands on” fishing
Excellent
4.7 / 5
The seasoned angler may be disappointed with the lack of “hands on” fishing
Dawn  P.
Dawn P. Guadalajara, JAL
Last year I fished the bay and got skunked. It is definitely worth the extra time and money to fish the blue water.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Last year I fished the bay and got skunked. It is definitely worth the extra time and money to fish the blue water.
John  J.
John J. Kansas City, MO
Pangas are great for 2 on in-shore, close-in fishing. If you're after bigger game fish, charter a bigger, faster (yes more expensive) boat.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Pangas are great for 2 on in-shore, close-in fishing. If you're after bigger game fish, charter a bigger, faster (yes more expensive) boat.
Michael  Z.
Michael Z. Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco
If you're planning on fishing around the Marietas area, they're closed on Monday from any type of tourism.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you're planning on fishing around the Marietas area, they're closed on Monday from any type of tourism.
Daniel  S.
Daniel S. Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco
Not sure about any of the other charters I've only used little by little chater and was the best fishing experience I have had fishing abroad.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Not sure about any of the other charters I've only used little by little chater and was the best fishing experience I have had fishing abroad.
Scott  P.
Scott P. Querétaro City, QUE
Spend the money and go out for at least a half day. Anything less than that is a waste.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Spend the money and go out for at least a half day. Anything less than that is a waste.
April  Z.
April Z. Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco
Call your captain and talk with them to make sure you explain your situation and they can cater your trip to what you want.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Call your captain and talk with them to make sure you explain your situation and they can cater your trip to what you want.
Craig  H.
Craig H. Tyler, MN
White meat bonita is the best sashimi in the ocean. Also makes best ceviche. Go get them!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
White meat bonita is the best sashimi in the ocean. Also makes best ceviche. Go get them!
Mark  H.
Mark H. Edmonton, AB
Pick the right boat. Someone who will work hard to got you to the fish. We've had other experiences where it seemed the captain didn't care if we caught anything and didn't want to waste any gas. And sunscreen, do not underestimate the need for sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Pick the right boat. Someone who will work hard to got you to the fish. We've had other experiences where it seemed the captain didn't care if we caught anything and didn't want to waste any gas. And sunscreen, do not underestimate the need for sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat.
Summer  E.
Summer E. Chicago, Illinois
Go for as long as you can. It’s worth every penny. And wear sunscreen. I’m fried
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go for as long as you can. It’s worth every penny. And wear sunscreen. I’m fried
Jason  M.
Jason M. Guadalajara, JAL
Where lots of sunscreen and drink lots of water. If there's any chance you might be prone to seasickness take Dramamine before the trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Where lots of sunscreen and drink lots of water. If there's any chance you might be prone to seasickness take Dramamine before the trip.
Richard  B.
Richard B. Petaluma, CA
This month should be start of marlin, sailfish etc. But not this year, some unusual weather patterns and the sea not yet cooled down meant fishing was hard work, with no sign of either.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
This month should be start of marlin, sailfish etc. But not this year, some unusual weather patterns and the sea not yet cooled down meant fishing was hard work, with no sign of either.
Glynn  S.  H.
Glynn S. H. Tuxtla Gutiérrez, CHP
Time of year means a lot in the species you can target. Make sure to do research, only booking your trip after you know what species you want to go after. As far as the smaller species like Jack's they are very close to the marina and also a lot of fun to go after if the big fish aren't in the area.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Time of year means a lot in the species you can target. Make sure to do research, only booking your trip after you know what species you want to go after. As far as the smaller species like Jack's they are very close to the marina and also a lot of fun to go after if the big fish aren't in the area.
Nick  B.
Nick B. Belton, MO

Valeria I
Valeria I
Fishing charter in Puerto Vallarta
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(105 reviews)
We went on an 8 hour fishing trip and loved the whole thing. We caught some big Mahi Mahi and then they took us to a restaurant that you can only get to by boat. They cooked our fish multiple different ways!! I would definitely recommend Jorge (our captain) and Alexis the first mate for any fishing trip!! Both were great and made sure we were always doing good!
Michelle  T.
Michelle T. Reno, NV
Burton lll Sport Fishing
Burton lll Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Puerto Vallarta
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(53 reviews)
Great trip. Captain Mario and first mate Alex picked us up at the pier in old town PV at 6 am. We went 35 miles out, caught 7 mahi-mahi (most 20 - 25 pounds). 2 sharks and 3 needle fish. Had a few more on but lost them. Boat very comfortable and clean. Highly recommend.
THOMAS  C.
THOMAS C. Dowagiac, MI
Epi Gilligan Fishing
Epi Gilligan Fishing
Fishing charter in Puerto Vallarta
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(68 reviews)
We had a blast fishing with Epi and crew. Lots of halibut and tuna caught. Would recommend this trip.
Julie  S.
Julie S. Oakland, CA
Liliana 40
Liliana 40
Fishing charter in Puerto Vallarta
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(78 reviews)
Me and10 of my buddies went out for a bachelor trip. The boat was really nice and crew was awesome!!!
Derek  S.
Derek S. Irvine, CA
Valeria I
Valeria I
Fishing charter in Puerto Vallarta
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(105 reviews)
Captain was determined to find fish executed it very well even after we had the earthquake two days in a row
Brenda  R.
Brenda R. Graham, WA
Valeria I
Valeria I
Fishing charter in Puerto Vallarta
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(105 reviews)
First hour was slow and the captain found the fish and we caught fish until we were finished. Great trip!
Robert  M.
Robert M. Stuart, FL
Valeria I
Valeria I
Fishing charter in Puerto Vallarta
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(105 reviews)
We had a great time on the boat with Jorge, we didn’t catch any fish but enjoyed our time on the water
Gage  S.
Gage S. Saint Paul, AR
Liliana 40
Liliana 40
Fishing charter in Puerto Vallarta
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(78 reviews)
Beautiful boat! The crew was amazing we caught tunas and Jacks. The captain was great tried really hard, to get us bigger catch, him and his deck hand we tried different methods. The captain made the best ceviche I have ever tried in my life from our catch and it was a pretty amazing experience. Thank you!
Jeanette  S.
Jeanette S. Houston, TX
Lucina III Fishing Charters & Tours
Lucina III Fishing Charters & Tours
Fishing charter in Puerto Vallarta
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(51 reviews)
We had an incredible time. Had a marlin on that got off and caught a bunch of other fish. The crew worked hard and made the trip so enjoyable. Highly recommend!
Dan  S.
Dan S. Austin, TX
Valeria I
Valeria I
Fishing charter in Puerto Vallarta
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(105 reviews)
Boat was beautiful, Captain and crew were very knowledgeable and fun to work with. Can't wait to go again.
Jon  A.
Jon A. Eatonville, WA
Valeria I
Valeria I
Fishing charter in Puerto Vallarta
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(105 reviews)
This guy and his crew is amazing talk about a fisherman who knows his fishing. Friendly and always on point an alert. Definitely money well spent. 2 tours in 1 week and both where amazing great catches highly recommend . Must try yourself don't waste time looking elsewhere this guys knows his stuff.
Jesus  S.
Jesus S. Santa Rosa, CA
Epi Gilligan Fishing
Epi Gilligan Fishing
Fishing charter in Puerto Vallarta
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(68 reviews)
I don’t have a lot of sea fishing XP but that doesn’t matter on The Gilligan IV. Captain Epi and Lalo are very cool and are experts of the bay, they will set you up for a good time at any level of experience . We caught many fish including a huge African Pompano. These are the guys right here. Fresh Ceviche for breakfast and filets to take back for dinner? No problemo!
Henry  F.
Henry F. Guadalajara, Jalisco
Valeria I
Valeria I
Fishing charter in Puerto Vallarta
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(105 reviews)
Had an awesome time with Jorge. Only landed one fish but that’s why they call it fishing. Had an awesome time in yelapa and snorkeling though. Jorge knows his stuff.
Jacob  W.
Jacob W. Niederwald, TX
Valeria I
Valeria I
Fishing charter in Puerto Vallarta
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(105 reviews)
Great experience! They were both very helpful and nice. Make sure to bring a hat and sunscreen. Went to a restaurant on an island for ceviche and tacos prepared with the fish we just caught! Una experiencia magnifico. David y Jorge fueron muy amables y nos ayudaron mucho. Aseguranse de traer sombrero y crema para el sol. Fuemos a un restaurante en una isla donde nos prepararon ceviches y tacos con el pescado que cojimos!!
Michael  L.
Michael L. Melbourne, FL
Epi Gilligan Fishing
Epi Gilligan Fishing
Fishing charter in Puerto Vallarta
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(68 reviews)
It was a fun day on the water. We booked the 4 hr trip. While we weren’t able to hook into some big fish we did catch 5 bonitos. They also made us some delicious “Gilligan Sashimi” on the boat! If you’re not pressed for time I recommend doing the 6hr or 8hr trip if you’re trying to catch big fish. Other than that 10/10 experience.
Joseph  D.  J.
Joseph D. J. United States
Valeria I
Valeria I
Fishing charter in Puerto Vallarta
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(105 reviews)
This day was amazing from beginning to end. Our Captain and 1st mate were exceptional guides. We fished half the day and got some huge mahi mahi. We then went to los caletas island for some snorkeling. We decided to go to playa las animas island and have the locals cook our catch so we could do eat it for lunch. The scenery was amazing and the fish tacos were some of the best. Jorge was all about making sure our experience was 1st rate. One of the best days spent in PV.
Callee  B.
Callee B. MSC, UT
Epi Gilligan Fishing
Epi Gilligan Fishing
Fishing charter in Puerto Vallarta
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(68 reviews)
We had a great time and caught over 20 fish! Super good crew and kid friendly!
Christopher  S.
Christopher S. Friendswood, TX
Valeria I
Valeria I
Fishing charter in Puerto Vallarta
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(105 reviews)
Jorge is awesome. He made sure all our kids caught fish (beautiful mahi) and when we had our fill he took us to a great snorkel spot before getting lunch (the restaurant cooked up our fish for some ceviche and blackened mahi). We would do this again in a heartbeat. His mate David was great too!
Meghan  K.
Meghan K. Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco
Burton lll Sport Fishing
Burton lll Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Puerto Vallarta
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(53 reviews)
My wife and I had a great time! Mario is an excellent captain and tour guide. It was nice to fish then go sightseeing also. Excellent trip. Will definitely do it again and Captain Mario is the only captain we'll use.
Dana  R.
Dana R. Calumet Park, IL
Liliana 40
Liliana 40
Fishing charter in Puerto Vallarta
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(78 reviews)
Sadly they just were not biting…. That said Andres and crew were great!! Very friendly and attentive!!! Attention to detail and safety!
Jared  R.
Jared R. Los Angeles, CA

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