Fishing trips in Puerto Vallarta? The hardest part may be deciding when to go to this tropical paradise? Different seasons mean different fish. So, decide on the type of fish you want to land first and then make your travel arrangements.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico is located on Banderas Bay on the Pacific Ocean. Population in the coastal city normally averages around 350,000, but it hosts over 3 million visitors a year, among them many deep sea fishing enthusiasts.
The tropical weather is perfect for fishing trips. Expect year-round daytime temperatures to average 80 F (27 C); nighttime gets a little cooler.
Fishing trips in Puerto Vallarta run year round, but if you are intent on landing a whopper-sized tuna, then you’ll need to visit between June and February.
Marlin (blue, black and striped) is available from later summer through November and during the spring months of March and April.
Sailfish are in season year round, but to improve your chances of landing this fish, visit during the winter months between November and April. One of Puerto Vallartas largest fishing events, its Sailfish tournament, is held in November.
If you can only take holidays beginning in May or June, set your sights on Dorado or Yellowfin tuna. These fish remain in season through the summer and into the late fall. Tuna, in fact, is only out of season for 3 months of the year: March, April and May.
Fishing trips and charter excursions abound in Puerto Vallarta. Trips leave every morning and cater to private intimate groups or larger groups of 4 fishermen or more.
Most fishing trips in Puerto Vallarta are complete packages, which include transportation, fishing gear, bait, ice chests, and drinks. However, be sure to check with your charter company as some expect you to bring along any food or drink you may require.
Fishing licenses, sold by the charter, will also be at your expense
Your fishing charter hosts will be expecting a 10-15% tip, so bring your Pesos. The peso is the local currency, but US dollars are readily accepted, as well.
Besides fishing trips in Puerto Vallarta, you might also want to soak up the sun on a beach. Banderas Bay is dotted with 25 miles of enticing sandy beaches. Or if its mountains you seek, the picturesque Sierra Madre chain is to the east.
Oh, and make sure when booking your fishing trips in Puerto Vallarta, that your charter offers purified or bottled drinking water. You don’t want a case of the trots detracting from your fishing adventure.