Puerto Vallarta Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Puerto Vallarta Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Best Deep Sea Fishing Charters in Puerto Vallarta

Top Deep Sea Fishing Charters in Puerto Vallarta

Deep Sea Fishing in Puerto Vallarta

The deep sea fishing Puerto Vallarta has access to is simply incredible. Sitting in the middle of the Banderas Bay, the town seems an unlikely place for world-class sportfishing. But that’s exactly what you’ll find here. Marina Vallarta has one of the most impressive charter fleets in the country, and dozens of boats head out every day in search of record-breaking Billfish, Tuna, and Sharks.
The word that best sums up Puerto Vallarta’s bluewater action is variety. Blue, Black, and Striped Marlin spend most of the year here, peaking in the fall and early winter. Pacific Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Yellowfin Tuna, and monster Hammerhead Sharks also patrol the big game battlegrounds. You’re not going to get bored fishing out here.

Deep Sea Fishing Spots

True to form, there are a variety of spots you can hit on your trip. You can enjoy world-class sportfishing with just six hours on the water. Head to the more remote spots, and you could find Grander Marlin, monster Tuna, and who knows what else. Overnight or even multi-day charters are common, but they’re well worth it.

El Morro (25 Miles Out)

Puerto Vallarta’s entry-level fishing spot still has more to offer than most sportfishing towns could dream of. Jagged rock stick up hundreds of feet from the surrounding water here, drawing in Sailfish, Wahoo, and Mahi Mahi. You can land some great catches on a six-hour trip here, but eight hours lets you get the most out of your day.

El Faro (25 Miles Out)

This is a great alternative in high season when El Morro gets too crowded. Again, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, and Sailfish are the bread and butter of this ancient lighthouse. Make a day of it and swing by the stunning Los Arcos Marine Park on the way.

La Corbeteña (35 Miles Out)

Just 10 miles past El Morro, the deep channels of La Corbeteña are a whole different ball game. Blue, Black, and Striped Marlin hunt here, as do Yellowfin Tuna, monster Pacific Sailfish, and the ever-present Mahi and Wahoo. Oh, and Sharks. Really, really, big Sharks. You need a good 10 hours for this spot.

El Banco (50 Miles Out)

Most anglers don’t bother going out this far. The water is rough and the ride is long. Make the journey, though, and you’ll find some of the most legendary fishing on the planet. We’re talking Grander Marlin territory. Invest in an overnight trip and you could hook record-breaking Blue and Black Marlin, as well as every other fish mentioned so far.

Fishing Techniques

If you’re out to enjoy the awesome Marlin fishing Puerto Vallarta is famous for, chances are you’ll be trolling. Live Bonito or Skipjack are a common bait, and even small Yellowfin are used out at El Banco when going after monster Marlin. Dressed Ballyhoo are another common sight aboard PV charter boats. They will often be pulled alongside colorful teasers and daisy chains, spread far and wide on long outriggers. You can even find kites thrown in on some boats. 
It’s all down to the vessel you fish on. You can find anything from 60-foot cruisers to 25-foot pangas heading out from Marina Vallarta. Each boat will do things a little differently, but with fishing this good you’re in for a great time however you do it!

Need to Know

There’s a lot of talk about the Islas Marias islands. Some say they’re the best for Puerto Vallarta Tuna fishing. The fact of the matter is they hold both a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve (the only Yellowfin Tuna spawning grounds on Mexico’s Pacific Coast) and the Mexican equivalent of Alcatraz Prison. Stick to El Banco.
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Reviews of Fishing in Deep Sea Fishing in Puerto Vallarta

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!
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.
3/4 day on the El Amo
Matthew M. fished with El Amofishingpvmex2 on October 17, 2019
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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.
Captain made it a great day
Bob M. fished with High Tides Fishing on June 21, 2019
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Be ready to catch lots of Bonita on a short trip

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