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|Puerto Vallarta fishing report January 2016 Mahi and Marlin Mania offshore but dont take my word for it see our
client fishing charter reviews below.
review Marlin and Mahi
I had the opportunity to go out on a 12 hour day of fishing with my wife, daughter and father on the"My Marlin,"
skippered by Steve Torres and crewed by Oscar This is the second year going out w Steve and he does not
disappoint. Starting with Damon who does a great job in setting up the trip and communicating all neccessary
details, I wanted to have the opportunity to catch a marlin as well as dorado. Steve and Oscar did an outstanding
job letting us know what to expect and how the day would unfold. We trolled and had an early dorado hookup. Later
Steve found floating debris and it was game on with the dorado. We caught five monster dorado (mostly bulls) I
missed one. That gave us a total of 6 for the day. Other boats came to us after seeing our hookups. They weren't
catching anything upon arriving; we had the right bait. The best was yet to come. After about 15 minutes of
beginning to troll again, the marlin hit. With superior boat control by Steve, I was able to boat my first blue marlin
after a 1/2 hour fight, weighing in at approximately 300 lbs. Right after it was over, Steve said, "Let's get another
one." That's confidence. My family and I vacation in PV every Christmas and I would never consider another boat or
fishing charter review by Paul Sojkowski
review Mahi mahi and Sailfish
My father, brother in law and myself had a 10hr day aboard the Winner on December 28th 2015. We were able to
catch 7 Mahi Mahi and 1 sailfish. Captain Caesar and crew worked very hard to get us our fish making this a day to
remember! I highly recommend fishing with them if you are looking for a great fishing experience.
fishing charter review by Patrick Patterson
December is, according the several fishing calendars I checked, an excellent month for sport fishing in Puerto
Vallarta, Mexico. As I was cruising with friends and wife to and from San Diego to Lima, with a stop in Puerto
Vallarta in mid-December, one of my friends – an avid fisherman as am I – decided that we’d charter a boat to see
if our acumen would be positively rewarded on the trip North at PV.
Internet searching led me to PV Sportfishing, whose website offered a 31’ Bertram Sportfisherman, supposedly very
well equipped. Their site and others also depicted the challenge facing one wishing to do billfish hunting: Banderas
Bay, supposedly the second largest bay in the world, where it’s necessary to travel well over 20 miles from port to
reach the hunting grounds of the marlin, sailfish or Dorado. This entails chartering for no less than 8 hours, as it’s
a minimum of two hours out and two back at a good speed.
The map of Banderas Bay published online by PV Sportfishing and others depicts the bay and the prime big game
fishing spots: The Marietas Islands are 18 miles from the in-town marina; El Morrow is about 24 miles out, a bit
north of the Marietas; La Cobretana is 36 miles out, and El Banco, (favored, with La Cobretana by many of the
charter operators) is a whopping 50 miles from the PV dock. To make the decision more difficult, the charter rates
are steep – at least for Mexico: 4 hours for $450 and 6 hours for $600 – but that limits one to fishing inside the bay
and unlikely to raise any billfish or Dorado. Our choice was the 8 hour charter at $850, which would allow us to fish
the Marietas and beyond.
Arranging the charter was a snap: PV Sportfishing uses PayPal (one may use a credit card with PayPal’s secure
system) to make a deposit, and I confirmed the date and time directly with the company by email, ordering drinks
and box lunches at the same time. Efficient, pleasant, and all conducted in English before the cruise departed San
We disembarked early, and the nearby pier was a $10.00 taxi ride away. So efficient was the process that we
arrived at the “waiting area” of the Los Peines pier a half hour early. Our boat, the My Marlin (which incidentally
“holds the record for the largest Marlin ever caught in a tournament in PV”), arrived with a pleasant and helpful
English-speaking Captain – Steve Torres - and Mate – “Scubie.” After picking up our live bait (the boat had an
excellent bait-holding tank, which kept the fish active for the entire day) and our box lunches, we motored out of the
marina and were in moments well into the bay. The mate informed us that we had a 1 hour 45 minute ride to the
billfish/Dorado area, so we settled back but were a bit surprised that the mate began the rod-rigging process after
only an hour or so. The outriggers were deployed and 5 lines were streamed, two with lures and three with baitfish.
At about 10:00 AM, one of the lines snapped out of the left outrigger, and I had a good-sized Dorado on. Almost
immediately, another line sang out and we had a double-header going. Since I was in the right-hand fishing chair
and my friend occupied the left, my line was immediately crossed with his. To simplify things, we switched rods, and
worked our fish in. I boated mine first: about 25 pounds of jumping, flashing beautifully colored energy. My friend’s
fish was a somewhat larger Bull, likely about 30-35 pounds, giving him a longer-lasting battle and the usual real
tussle when it spied the boat. We were two-for-two, and the day was still young!
Beware the feeling of euphoria: and, of course, that’s why the sport is called ‘fishing,’ not ‘catching – we continued
to motor out well past the Marietas, to a distance of between 28 and 30 miles from PV – for over 4 hours before we
had another strike. My rod bent, but I could immediately sense that this was a smaller Dorado. It never jumped, but
rather sounded, and while fighting mightily for its life, was no match for the 80# test line and the Tiburon reel
attached to the Calstar graphite rod.
Unfortunately, that was the end of our ‘catching.’ While the day was gorgeous, the water a warm and deep blue, we
could not entice any billfish to show interest in our bait or lures, which our mate constantly changed in an efficient
and experienced but ultimately futile attempt to do so.
Our mate, Scubio, offered to make ceviche from one of our Mahi-Mahi catches, and we readily agreed as Holland
America would not let us bring the fish aboard for their chefs to prepare it for our dinner. The ceviche, when
prepared, was simply exquisite: made fresh, not too spicy and not overexposed to the lemon/lime juice, and chilled
for just the right amount of time. A real treat, and totally unexpected.
As we headed back, my friend expressed an interest in bottom fishing, and the captain agreed. We re-rigged the
gear and when reaching a point still about 8 miles from PV near the north shore of the bay, we spent about 45
minutes but without success. Regretfully admitting defeat, we reeled in and headed for the dock.
Suddenly, after the mate had taken the outriggers in, returned the rods to the boat’s cabin and rigged the flags
signaling our Dorado catches, we slowed almost to a stop: the Captain had spotted Amberjacks being hounded by
flocks of Frigate birds and Pelicans: the few remaining live baitfish were hooked on hastily retrieved rods and
tossed into the water while we circled, chasing the ‘jacks and birds. Unhappily – our ‘fishing’ luck remaining
unchanged – the ‘jacks ignored us, and since no birds dived into the water, we observed that their luck was no
better. Regretfully, we reeled in, surrendered the rods to the mate, and resumed our high speed run back to the
While the fishing was not as productive as we would have wished, no blame in this case can be attached to the
boat, the crew, the equipment, nor to PV Sportfishing. The marketing was honest, all arrangements were efficient
and easy, the boat “as described,” including the equipment, and the crew superb. While the cost of the trip was the
greatest of our 3 days of fishing on our cruise, it was certainly not outlandish: Puerto Vallarta is a large metropolis,
literally covered almost all the way around the northern arm of Banderas Bay with luxury hotels and highrise condos
and timeshares. This makes it an extremely well known and frequently visited vacation destination, where one
should expect high-end prices. Yes, Mazatlan’s fishing costs are considerably lower, but Mazatlan is considered
small potatoes as a vacation destination next to PV. Cabo San Lucas’ fishing charter prices are greater than
Mazatlan’s but lower than PV’s. I’m uncertain as to why, but Cabo is a newer destination, and perhaps, in spite of its
success, not as well known. Its fishing is as good, and there are a wealth of fishing areas all around Cabo, so
perhaps the competition keeps the charter boat prices in check.
All in all, however, our experience left us satisfied, happy with a gorgeous day on the water, and feeling that PV
Sportfishing is a trustworthy and excellent company for anyone desiring a productive, reasonable and worry-free
sportfishing experience in Puerto Vallarta.
fishing charter review by Peter Jacobs