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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.
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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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Great 8hr Fishing Trip!
Jeremy K. fished with Burton lll Sport Fishing on September 6, 2021
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Booking a trip with Captain Mario on the Burton III
Great day on the water
Gerald R. fished with La Liga / The League on June 18, 2021
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While you may not catch exactly what you're looking for, the Capt. worked hard at making sure we did catch fish.
Great time with locals
Katie H. fished with Valeria I on December 29, 2020
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Book a longer trip so you can go out farther. Dress warm in layers if your going early
5 hour trip
Dawn P. fished with Calypso on February 26, 2020
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The seasoned angler may be disappointed with the lack of “hands on” fishing
10 hour trip on Don Gato
John J. fished with Pesca Con Dongato on February 16, 2020
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Last year I fished the bay and got skunked. It is definitely worth the extra time and money to fish the blue water.
6 hour trip with Capt. Sam and Capt. Carlos!!!
Todd And Sondria Giardina fished with Calypso Charters – Calypso II on February 10, 2020
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We had a great day on the water! Everything was perfect!
1st time snorkelling with Mario
Donna H. fished with Burton lll Sport Fishing on November 18, 2019
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Call Mario & his crew, you will have great experience!
6 hr Bay trip
Michael Z. fished with PV Hook Up - GuanaTuna PV on November 4, 2019
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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.

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Puerto Vallarta

According to customer reviews, Super Panga Tres Estrellas, Nuevo Vallarta Fishing – Sea Ray, and Epi Gilligan Fishing are some of the most popular fishing charters in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco. Full list of top fishing charters in Puerto Vallarta.

Super Panga Tres Estrellas, Nuevo Vallarta Fishing – Sea Ray, and Epi Gilligan Fishing all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Puerto Vallarta.

The best way to experience fishing in Puerto Vallarta is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco.

The top 8 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in Puerto Vallarta are:

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. Check availability for local fishing charters in Puerto Vallarta.

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