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

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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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Bruce Link
Zapopan, Jalisco
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Went fishing with High Tides Fishing on December 14, 2018
Bring a windbreaker -- its cool before sunrise. Bring a long sleeve top that will be as cool as possible during the heat but also protect you from the sun. One of those bandana type items that covers your neck and ears would be a plus. A hat and sun glasses. Do an 8 hour trip to go farther out and have a chance for more and bigger fish. Find a way to eat at least some fish the night after you fish. If you bag your fish, freeze them and wrap them carefully for a checked bag you can have great fish at home too. Have fun!

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Larry Anderson
Denver, CO
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Went fishing with Nuevo Vallarta Sportfishing- 34 ft on November 24, 2018
We wanted to target Mahi Mahi first and low and behold we got 3 beautiful Mahi Mahi. Can't get better than that. Thank you so much, Captain Juan & Lalo were great. Smiles all day and high 5's throughout the day. Our boys are already planning the next trip for the Sail or Sword fish. I personaly want to target a large Tuna but as long as we get fish who cares its a wonderful experience. I highly recommend this trip to anyone. The weather was beautiful and I was worried about the weather for the boys getting sea sick no need for that it was awesome. Thank You, Jason, Jake, Jerry & Larry

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Marcus Self
Tepic, Nayarit
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Went fishing with Nuevo Vallarta Sportfishing- 34 ft 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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Tyler Vanderhorst
Irapuato, GUA
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Went fishing with Super Panga Tres Estrellas on November 7, 2018
If you're expecting a high chance of catching fish and that is the prime season as everyone will have to you, don't buy it. Nothing is guaranteed in fishing and your chances are still as good as gambling!

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Rusty Smith
Paso Robles, CA
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Went fishing with High Tides Fishing on August 6, 2018
we were a little hesitant to leave our grandson with strangers but after meeting them at the marina, it was no problem -he felt he had gone out with friends, not a paid crew and enjoyed it immensely - he had a great time and got lots of personal attention

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Nick Boeth
Belton, MO
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Went fishing with High Tides Fishing on August 21, 2018
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.

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Kyle Hoss
Riverside, California
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Went fishing with High Tides Fishing on May 7, 2018
Dont bring lures in your carryon bags lol!!! Other than that dont be hard headed ive been fishing all over the world and so have these two and the different tactics and skills really showed listen to them. I went out for sailfish and marlin but am glad i let them take us back inshore for some good action.

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Gregory Bonanno
Brea, California
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Went fishing with Fishing Are Us - Lucky 1 on January 24, 2018
I would look at the fish report's prior to fishing. We caught a few bonita and a spanish mackerel on a 6 hour charter. The Puerto Vallarta January fish species calendar indicated fishing mahi mahi and sailfish were "best" for offshore. Maybe there was other factors the fish weren't there at the time I was fishing. If I would have know offshore fishing was slow in prior days, I would have tried to do inshore fishing instead.

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Christopher Heikka
Wixom, MI
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Went fishing with Fishing Are Us - Lucky 1 on March 29, 2018
Learn a little about HOW to fish properly for the ocean / style of fishing. Get specific information / prepare for what roles each person will play and also what they layout of the day will be. BRING Dramamine or the like.

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Alexis Phillips
Red Deer, Alberta
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Went fishing with Fishing Are Us - Lucky 1 on January 15, 2018
It was more a boat ride where we seen whales and dolphins and we only caught very small fish. The toilet was disgusting. So tiny and could barely get in. unable to stand up in it and could not close the doors because it hit your knees.

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Darin Stroyek
Edmonton, Alberta
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Went fishing with Fishing Are Us - Lucky 1 on December 7, 2017
Fishing the first week of December was very slow as we did not catch anything and the other boats out that day were slow as well. The day before a person from our hotel caught a nice Sailfish. We did see lots of aquatic life in the ocean that day.

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Graham Harrison
Guadalajara, Jalisco
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Went fishing with Fishing Are Us - Belugas on December 7, 2017
finishingbooker was excellent you will not need to worry about anything just follow the instructions and enjoy we caught 5 jacks the captain and his mate were polite and knew their stuff. my wife and i will most certainly go again as she did not get a chance at landing a fish greedy me will post pictures later thank you for a fantastic day 7/12/17 Graham and Julie Preston England

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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 Sportfishing- 34 ft 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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Mark Holt
Edmonton, AB
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Went fishing with Nuevo Vallarta Sportfishing- 34 ft 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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Raj Taneja
Los Altos, CA
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Went fishing with Super Panga Tres Estrellas on December 26, 2018
We did not catch any fish and based on radio communication other boats were also not able to catch anything,

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Richard Baker
Petaluma, CA
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Went fishing with Super Panga Tres Estrellas on December 10, 2018
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.

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Glynn Sixsmith Hookings
Tuxtla Gutiérrez, CHP
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Went fishing with High Tides Fishing on October 8, 2018
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.

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Ivy Diaz
Houston, TX
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Went fishing with Fishing Are Us - Lucky 1 on August 16, 2018
We didn't go too far out to sea, but was still able to catch a couple 10-15lb Jacks. We caught one small Spanish Mackerel, but was told they were small at the moment.

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Jeff Metcalf
Auburn, IN
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Went fishing with Fishing Are Us - Belugas on April 27, 2018
Don't expect monster size fish, they are their but you can't control what's bitting. Let the crew decid what's best , they know what their doing. Enjoy the trip. FISH ON.

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

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Robert Bosse
Xochimilco, PUE
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Went fishing with Fishing Are Us - Lucky 1 on December 27, 2018
I caught more and better fish fishing from the shore at my resort with a popper.

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Jack Shaw
Fernandina Beach, FL
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Went fishing with 32 Luhrs Yacht on August 1, 2018
You have to go too far out to get fish, it takes an hour to even get out of the bay of the port

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Greg Waters
San Rafael, CA
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Went fishing with Azul Profundo Sportfishing on April 14, 2018
fishing was slow very close to nuevo vallarta. perhaps it would have been better elsewhere in the bay.

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Brandonn Kealiinohomoku
Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco
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Went fishing with Mike’s Fishing Charters - Karina II on April 8, 2018
Do your research on what charter your picking. Some of these dudes are just trying to charge you for an expensive boat ride.

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FishingBooker Member
Rocklin, California
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Went fishing with Fishing Are Us - Lucky 1 on March 28, 2018
Make sure the crew understands what you want to get out of your fishing day, ie what kind of fish and how much fishing you want to do

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