Located in the Mexican state of Jalisco, Puerto Vallarta is a major tourist destination, but it has long been a thriving regional center due to its rich agricultural landscape, its cultural heritage, and, of course, its fantastic fishing! Puerto Vallarta boasts a deep bay—two miles at some depths, and is incredibly wide at more than forty miles. While fishing has been phenomenal in the bay area, angling further out at sea with one of the town’s revered charter companies may result in catches of 300-plus pound yellowfin tuna or nearly half-ton black marlins—it’s happened to some lucky fishermen and it can happen to you on your Puerto Vallarta fishing holiday.
There are some monster-sized fish that make their home in or around Banderas Bay. The biggest, naturally, swim further out to sea in the Mexican Pacific, but Puerto Vallarta fishermen typically reel in big prizes like blue marlin, black marlin, sailfish, yellowfin tuna, and dorado (a.k.a. mahi mahi). There are also plenty of Spanish mackerel and roosterfish to snap up as you head out of the bay. Shorter trips usually result in catches of red snapper (be sure to try the local favorite red snapper dish at one of the traditional Puerto Vallarta restaurants) and small sailfish. The sport fish species of the area have long been famous for their immense size.
Because the sport fishing industry is internationally renowned in Puerto Vallarta, there are many charter businesses in the region that know how to accommodate travelers’ needs. The best fleets have proven records of substantial catches, tournament wins, and excellent customer reviews. Whether you’re an angler or fly fisherman, you’ll be able to work with a charter company that suits your needs; their experienced teams can provide you an exciting short trip or a longer excursion into the Pacific blue at one of the rich fishing grounds. There a plenty of online reviews for Puerto Vallarta’s many chartering services, so it will be easy to find one that suits your group as well as your budget.
Puerto Vallarta Fishing Tips
For securing the services of the best chartering companies, you’ll certainly want to make a reservation. If you have your heart set on reeling in a black marlin, you’ll want to check the fishing charts; generally, the best time to hook a black marlin is between September and November. A good fishing chart will give you an idea of prime fish populations for each month. Also, you’ll need a fishing license, but the cost is often included in your charter costs—just be sure to check! Whether you’re fishing to catch-and-release or to cook for dinner, you’ll have to have to secure that license.
The Puerto Vallarta Experience
While your fishing experience is likely to dominate your Puerto Vallarta holiday, you’ll discover that this exciting town has so much more to offer. Whale watching tours, bay tours, and snorkeling excursions are also part of the boat charter industry of Puerto Vallarta. On land, you’ll find deluxe accommodations or charming bed and breakfasts that cater to the tourist population. Also, come hungry to Puerto Vallarta; this town’s regional favorites—lots of fresh seafood—lure the boats home every evening! You’ll find that the town’s cafes, bars, clubs, and shops also boast a welcoming atmosphere. There’s likely something for everyone in your family or group to enjoy in lovely Puerto Vallarta.