What would you recommend to anglers fishing in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco for the first time?

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Matthew Mestl
Omaha, Nebraska
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Went fishing with El Amofishingpvmex2 on October 17, 2019
I was told by the deckhand for the best chance at larger species like Mahi, Tuna, Marlin, etc. to book a longer 10 -12 hour trip. 6 hour trips only go 18-20 miles out and the longer trips go 40 miles plus. Was also told that November and December are the best months at larger species around the Bay for shorter trips. I mention this as something to consider if booking, just depends how long you want to fish and dedication to fishing as it relates to the rest of your party. My friend and I only booked the 6 hour because our wives came along and fishing was not their primary focus of this vacation. One item to note: bring cash with you to pay for the balance of the charter in the morning, our friends thought they would be able to use a card to pay and ended up having to go to an ATM to get cash which cut into our primetime early morning fishing. Also, bring food or snacks if your group needs breakfast, the boat will stop at a dockside restaurant if you want it to and our group had some breakfast burritos delivered to the boat. We thought there would be stores and restaurants open by the marina that we could stop at before getting on the boat. I'm not sure what time these businesses open but at 6:30 AM and even after 7:00 AM marina was still a ghost town with nothing open.

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Edmund Violago Iii
Reno, NV
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Went fishing with Fishing Are Us – Lucky 2 on January 12, 2020
Puerto Vallarta is a beautiful place, the sea was calm the day we fish but the fishing was slow, We book a 6 hour inshore bay fishing and we caught 4 small skipjack. I don't know if it was just an off-day or the bay is over fish, but nevertheless I guess it's better than getting skunk. If you're gonna fish at PVR I would recommend to book the highest rated guide or maybe go fish out of the bay.

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Iwan Ball
Vancouver, British Columbia
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Went fishing with High Tides Fishing on April 19, 2019
Check recent fishing reports because the seasons are no longer predictable. Maximize your chances by co-inciding your trip with peak season / times. Establishh realistic expectations in advance of the trip. Do a longer trip if possible to get out of the Bay - bigger fish out towards Marietas. Bring your own tackle / gear if possible - the jig I brought out fished the ones used by the crew by 3x

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Summer Evans
Chicago, Illinois
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Went fishing with High Tides Fishing on April 3, 2019
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.

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Marcus Self
Tepic, Nayarit
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Went fishing with Nuevo Vallarta Fishing – Sea Ray on February 9, 2019
November and December is Marlin n Tuna Time. It takes at least 4 hours to get out of the Bay into Deep enough water to catch a Marlin or Mahi Mahi. Make sure you book at least 12 hours if you want anything bigger than a Bonita

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John Jee
Kansas City, MO
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Went fishing with Pesca Con Dongato on February 16, 2020
Last year I fished the bay and got skunked. It is definitely worth the extra time and money to fish the blue water.

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John Fend
Nuevo Vallarta, NAY
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Went fishing with Mac Fishing - Cajon de Peña on February 4, 2020
Do your homework, leave a nice tip and have a great time. Many local restaurants will cook your catch too!

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Michael Zuralow
Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco
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Went fishing with PV Hook Up - GuanaTuna PV on November 4, 2019
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.

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Brad Catten
Houston, Texas
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Went fishing with Vallarta Fishing Machine - Seawolf on March 9, 2020
Don't get disappointed if it's slow. Seen enough whales to make it worth while.

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Daniel Salinas
Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco
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Went fishing with High Tides Fishing on June 17, 2019
If you're planning on fishing around the Marietas area, they're closed on Monday from any type of tourism.

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Scott Phipps
Querétaro City, QUE
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Went fishing with Little By Little PV on May 4, 2019
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.

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Craig Hess
Tyler, MN
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Went fishing with Hooked Sport Fishing PV on April 16, 2019
Call your captain and talk with them to make sure you explain your situation and they can cater your trip to what you want.

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Joanne Wachowicz
Querétaro City, QUE
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Went fishing with Valeria’s Sportfishing Tours on March 14, 2019
Divide the cost with a larger group so you can fish with a well known fishing company. We went on our own, payed less, but weren't as satisfied.

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Juan Sergio Carreon Toledo
Zapopan, JAL
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Went fishing with Mike’s Charters Shared Fishing – PV on March 18, 2019
Look up the reviews before booking and make sure the crew honor their time on the water and is making a legitimate effort on putting you on the bite

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Stephen Greenberg
Guadalajara, JAL
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Went fishing with Fishing Are Us – Lucky 1 on March 12, 2019
Go in October or November. That's their best time of year. No question. For me, I just came in March because I threw together a last minute vacation.

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Dale Johnson
Riverton, UT
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Went fishing with Nuevo Vallarta Fishing – Sea Ray on February 27, 2019
I wasn't sure what to expect, but hoped we would have a chance for tuna. It seems like we targeted the Bonita fish. Maybe thats what you get for a 3/4 day trip and this particular boat.

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Matt Brumbaugh
Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco
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Went fishing with Fishing Are Us - Belugas (NV) on May 25, 2019
Not the season for Mahi or Tuna, but was great season for Marlin, lots of them out on the water, not the biggest, but fantastic eating when they are smaller. I would recommend it!

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April Zalesky
Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco
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Went fishing with Little By Little PV on May 2, 2019
Spend the money and go out for at least a half day. Anything less than that is a waste.

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Ian Siddins
Kelowna, British Columbia
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Went fishing with Mike’s Fishing Charters - Nicole on April 23, 2019
Get a boat that will at least allow you to tag and release or share in the catch

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Mark Holt
Edmonton, AB
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Went fishing with Nuevo Vallarta Fishing – Sea Ray on April 10, 2019
White meat bonita is the best sashimi in the ocean. Also makes best ceviche. Go get them!

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Jason Marsh
Guadalajara, JAL
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Went fishing with Calypso Charters – Calypso II on March 19, 2019
Go for as long as you can. It’s worth every penny. And wear sunscreen. I’m fried