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Puerto Vallarta Fishing Grounds

Puerto Vallarta is a world class fishing ground renowned for the diverse variety and impressive sizes of the game fish that inhabit the Banderas Bay area. In the Bay the best fishing is found in 5 major grounds: Islas Marietas, El Morro, El Faro, La Corbetena, and El Banco. Our captains monitor these sites daily to ensure that you have the best opportunity to get in the action.

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El Morro

El Morro is a large rock formation jutting out from the sea approximately 26 miles from Puerto Vallarta.  A favorite for both scuba divers and fishermen, El Morro has a well earned reputation as one of the best places to find fish in Banderas Bay.  Snapper, mid-sized Tuna and Dorado (Mahi Mahi) and Sailfish are all found in this area.  Seasonally El Morro is also a great location for Grouper, Jack Crevalls, Bonito and Ojo de Peras.  Due to its proximity to Puerto Vallarta and its prevalence of mid-sized fish, El Morro is a good destination for the novice sport fisherman or a half day charter.

La Corbetena

38 miles out from Puerto Vallarta is La Corbetena, the corridor to the best big game fishing in Banderas Bay.  The waters in La Corbetena are filled with baitfish and smaller tuna making it a top destination for the serious sport fisherman.  Snappers, Groupers, and Amber Jacks are all in abundance here as well as huge Yellow Fin Tuna.  Fierce fighting Blue and Black Marlin as large as 1000 pounds have been pulled from La Corbetena well as Striped Marlin, Wahoo, Sharks and Dorado (Mahi Mahi).  This is an excellent destination for a full day charter for those who want to experience world-class deep sea fishing.

El Banco

El Banco (The Banks) is located about 50 miles from Puerto Vallarta. Often referred to as the best fishing in Vallarta, El Banco is legendary destination in the sports fishing world. El Banco offers awesome fishing for many excellent fighting species of game fish such as Dorado (Mahi Mahi), Sailfish, Wahoo, huge Snappers, Amber Jacks, Groupers, Jack Crevalls and many more.  But for those experienced anglers looking for the trophy catch of a lifetime, El Banco boasts Blue and Black Marlin of record-breaking size.  El Banco is only available for full day tours or overnights and for those looking for a serious sport fishing experience.

Islas Marietas

Well known to snorkelers, divers and surfers, these small islands were made famous by Jacques Cousteau’s documentaries about their coral reefs surrounded by fish, stingrays and dolphins. Only smaller fish are caught in these waters but located just 19 miles from the Puerto Vallarta Marina, Islas Marietas is a good destination for first-timers boaters or for whale watching charters.

El Faro

This fishing ground is located approximately 24 miles from Puerto Vallarta on the far south southern side of Banderas Bay.  At certain times of the year, El Faro can attract large sport fish such as Sailfish, Tuna, Roosterfish, Wahoo and Dorado (Mahi Mahi) that normally require traveling to the far offshore grounds such as Corbetena or El Banco.  El Faro is a good option for those on a half day charter budget who want to chase a monster catch.


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