Puerto Vallarta

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Puerto Vallarta Fishing Charters

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Puerto Vallarta: 116 fishing charters available
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Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Puerto Vallarta

According to customer reviews, Valeria I, Super Panga Tres Estrellas, and Liliana 40 are some of the most popular fishing charters in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco. Full list of top fishing charters in Puerto Vallarta.

The average price for a private 4 hour Puerto Vallarta fishing trip is $336, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $687 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Valeria I, Super Panga Tres Estrellas, and Liliana 40 all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Puerto Vallarta.

The most popular fish species you can target are Dolphin (Mahi Mahi), Sailfish, and Jack Crevalle. Top fishing techniques include Trolling, Deep Sea Fishing, and Light Tackle. Offshore fishing, inshore fishing, and nearshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

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 25996 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?

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The sunrise and views of the mountains are awesome. Saw whales and dolphins
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The sunrise and views of the mountains are awesome. Saw whales and dolphins
Jason  W.
Jason W. Sauk Rapids, MN
consider extending the trip so you can ride our further to target larger game.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
consider extending the trip so you can ride our further to target larger game.
Margo  G.
Margo G. Azcapotzalco, Mexico City
If you’re targeting big game, understand this is fishing and there can never be guarantees.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you’re targeting big game, understand this is fishing and there can never be guarantees.
Donovan  H.
Donovan H. Gilbert, AZ
Would've liked to catch a sailfish or larger but our captain informed us that they easier to catch starting in August
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Would've liked to catch a sailfish or larger but our captain informed us that they easier to catch starting in August
Rudy  R.
Rudy R. Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco
Do your homework on a good boat and crew to go out with. It makes all the difference.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Do your homework on a good boat and crew to go out with. It makes all the difference.
David  R.
David R. Roseburg, OR
Know there is no guarantee you will catch fish. It's called "fishing" not "catching." Go fishing and ready to enjoy the nature of Banderas Bay and if you catch that will be an awesome bonus!
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Know there is no guarantee you will catch fish. It's called "fishing" not "catching." Go fishing and ready to enjoy the nature of Banderas Bay and if you catch that will be an awesome bonus!
Russ  R.
Russ R. Bell Buckle, TN
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

Tres Amores
Tres Amores
Fishing charter in Puerto Vallarta
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(48 reviews)
We booked a six hour fishing trip. The water had some decent swells but the captain handled it like a champ and took us to smoother water. We never landed a "big one", but did manage get a handful of fish. Well worth it and the crew was fantastic!
Nate  D.
Nate D. Boise, ID
Liliana 40
Liliana 40
Fishing charter in Puerto Vallarta
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(122 reviews)
This was the best, most comfortable boat I have booked yet, and I have gone 6 times now. Although it was quite expensive relative to others, this is NOT a panga experience. If you have 4-6 people who want to go out for the day, this is the boat for you. The captain and mate were fabulous and everyone involved was helpful and accommodating. Worth every penny.
Toby  P.
Toby P. Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco
Burton lll Sport Fishing
Burton lll Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Puerto Vallarta
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(88 reviews)
Expectations were low going in due to the off season. It was about the experience of just being off land being my first time here in Puerta Vallarta. 3 of us caught 5 bonita fish early, dinner meal goals were achieved. The captain was engaged, knowledgeable and friendly. He kept a nice center console boat and the drink cooler was a nice touch. Was lucky to see a humpback, sea ray and a turtle. Great experience regardless of a BIG catch haul. Thumbs up to Captain Mario. I hope we meet again.
Joseph  A.
Joseph A. West Tawakoni, TX
Burton lll Sport Fishing
Burton lll Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Puerto Vallarta
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(88 reviews)
Our family enjoyed a beautiful day fishing with captain Mario and his deckhand Alex. We each caught so many white bonito and enjoyed whale watching, seeing a pod of dolphins, a couple huge manta ray, a sea turtle and the beautiful views. Mario and Alex were so professional and easy to work with and talk to. Their boat was clean and well maintained. We highly recommend them for your next fishing adventure.
Natasha  S.
Natasha S. Anchorage, AK
Burton lll Sport Fishing
Burton lll Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Puerto Vallarta
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(88 reviews)
Caught jacks and Benito until we were tired. Mario then took us to snorkel and tour the south end of PV. Excellent guide and host. Even slow trolled with a huge school of rays. We will never use anyone else in PV.
Larry  K.
Larry K. Blanco, TX
Nuevo Vallarta Fishing – Sea Ray
Nuevo Vallarta Fishing – Sea Ray
Fishing charter in Puerto Vallarta
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(134 reviews)
Captain Juan and crew Juan combined to provide us with an exciting fishing adventure. With their skill and knowledge we were able to catch a boat load of fish. We couldn’t have asked for anything more!!!!
David  L.
David L.
Tres Amores
Tres Amores
Fishing charter in Puerto Vallarta
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(48 reviews)
Was a great experience. Both Captain and crew mate were excellent and looked after all our needs. Caught 4 fish. Weather was great. And deck mate made the best ceviche ever made with one of our catches.
Mike  P.
Mike P. Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco
Burton lll Sport Fishing
Burton lll Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Puerto Vallarta
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(88 reviews)
Absolutely great day on the water. Lots of fish, beautiful scenery and a delicious meal prepared fresh from the days catch. Highly recommend Captain Mario and the Burton lll.
Kyle  S.
Kyle S. Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco
Burton lll Sport Fishing
Burton lll Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Puerto Vallarta
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(88 reviews)
Dream trip around the Bahia de Banderas! Captain Mario and Alex were knowledgeable and thoughtful hosts. We caught 22 fish and had 5 different whale sightings - humpback whales, dolphins, and even a lone orca! Oh! And Alex prepared the best ceviche we've ever had with our catch! Best experience, absolutely worth it! We are so grateful.
Margo  G.
Margo G. Azcapotzalco, Mexico City
Burton lll Sport Fishing
Burton lll Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Puerto Vallarta
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(88 reviews)
Mario and his assistant really took care of us. They had 6 lines in the water constantly. They did all the prep and legwork so that all we had to do was reel in fish, and lift them our of the water. And, they were friendly and knowledgeable. Great guys! We highly recommend them.
Dean  L.
Dean L. Overland Park, KS
Burton lll Sport Fishing
Burton lll Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Puerto Vallarta
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(88 reviews)
As a casual or a die hard fisherwoman or man knows, you can get skunked on the water. It’s part of the game. Captain Mario has the knowledge, skill and time for fishing the right way. I asked him to get us into fish and he delivered. We caught nine Bonita’s in a couple of hours. He made sure before our trip ended that we would break double digits and we did! Lots of beers, free whale watching and a tonne of laughs. This guy is your captain for fishing in PV. You won’t be disappointed.
Matt  I.
Matt I.
Liliana 40
Liliana 40
Fishing charter in Puerto Vallarta
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(122 reviews)
Even though it was not the best time of year to fish in Puerto Vallarta, our crew had a great time. The captain and firstmate worked hard to put us on fish. We caught two spanish mackerel, one jack crevalle, and a beautiful striped marlin. We ate the mackerel in a great ceviche made by Javier. I highly recommend this boat!
Sherman  L.
Sherman L. Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco
Burton lll Sport Fishing
Burton lll Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Puerto Vallarta
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(88 reviews)
Have been on a couple different trips this one was the best captain an crew where very nice and help full boat was clean all around was a great time defiantly will go fishing with them again
James  S.
James S. Grass Lake, MI
Tres Amores
Tres Amores
Fishing charter in Puerto Vallarta
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(48 reviews)
Went on a short 4 hour trip and caught a Cervalle Jack was an awesome fight deck hand Carlos did an amazing job then 15 minutes later we caught a mahi mahi. Carlos called a restaurant on the boat and we had them cook it for us that evening.
Michael  B.
Michael B. Wheaton, IL
Burton lll Sport Fishing
Burton lll Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Puerto Vallarta
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(88 reviews)
Would highly recommend fishing with Captain Mario. Mario is professional, knowledgeable, and worked extremely hard to get us our fish. Everyone in our party had a great time. We caught lots of fish and plan to use Mario again when we come back to Puerto Vallarta!
Adam  F.
Adam F. San Vicente, Jalisco
Tres Amores
Tres Amores
Fishing charter in Puerto Vallarta
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(48 reviews)
Great time with a great crew, PB Dorado and Jack Crevalle, lots of Bonita, skipjack. We were all surprised to end up in the middle of a group of whales!
Rob  L.
Rob L. Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco
Lucina III Fishing Charters & Tours
Lucina III Fishing Charters & Tours
Fishing charter in Puerto Vallarta
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(63 reviews)
The cre2 and Captain were top notch. Helpful, informative and great Fresh Ceviche less than two hours out of the water, with guacamole and ice cold beer. They filleted the catch as well as any sushi chef around. Thanks for a great day!
Gerald  R.
Gerald R. Santa Fe, NM
Tres Amores
Tres Amores
Fishing charter in Puerto Vallarta
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(48 reviews)
Crew was friendly ceviche was amazing. Didnt get a big fish bit had enough for a couple of dinners and enjoyed our day on the boat. Would do it again.
Irene  D.
Irene D. Lincoln, NE
Burton lll Sport Fishing
Burton lll Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Puerto Vallarta
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(88 reviews)
Spent a full day on water w Burton III. Mario and Alejandro were fantastic. Knowledgable. Engaging. Fun. And their heads and eyes were on constant swivel looking at every ruffle and bubble to find fish... which we did! Were not sure who was more excited to spot target and catch fish... our guides or us. Boat and gear excellent. Super glad we did the full 8 hours. Highly recommend Mario and Burton III. Tight lines!!!
Charlie  W.
Charlie W. Everson, WA
Liliana 40
Liliana 40
Fishing charter in Puerto Vallarta
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(122 reviews)
This is a fun boat with a good crew they tried hard and got us fish. Great job.
Jesse  R.
Jesse R. Woodway, WA

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