Top 10 Things to Know When Deep Sea Fishing in
Puerto Vallarta and Nuevo Nayarit

Deep sea fishing in Puerto Vallarta and Nuevo Nayarit is an adventure unlike any other. With its rich marine biodiversity and stunning coastal scenery, this Mexican paradise offers anglers a chance to reel in some of the most prized game fish in the world. However, before you embark on your deep sea fishing expedition, there are several important things you need to know to make the most of your experience. Here are the top 10 things to keep in mind when deep sea fishing in Puerto Vallarta and Nuevo Nayarit

1 Seasonality

Puerto Vallarta boasts a year-round fishing season, but the best time to visit for deep sea fishing is from November to April. This period offers ideal weather conditions and the chance to catch a variety of game fish, including marlin, tuna, and dorado. Having said that, I find that the waters are a bit calmer in the summer, as long as there are no storms around. The downside of the summer is the heat. 

Arnulfo mahi

2 Charter Selection

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Choosing the right charter company is crucial for a successful fishing trip. Look for a company with experienced captains and well-maintained boats equipped with the latest fishing gear. Do your research and read reviews to find a reputable charter. We cannot stress this enough! The right company will not only ensure your safety but weill also ensure that you have a great trip and catch the fish that you want.  Saving money here will probably leave you disapointed.

3 What to Bring on the Boat

When preparing for deep sea fishing trip in Puerto Vallarta, it’s essential to pack wisely to ensure you have everything you need for a comfortable and successful day on the water. Here’s a list of items to bring: 

  • Water is provided on our boats, if you book elsewhere make sure they have water.
  • Sun protection
  • Motion sickness medication
  • Snacks (we will provide lunch if requested, and often a wonderfull civeche will be made with one of your catches.)
  • Appropriate Clothing
  • Camera

4 Conservation Practices

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Responsible fishing practices are essential to protect the marine ecosystem. Follow catch-and-release guidelines for certain species, and avoid taking more fish than you can consume. Respect the environment and other anglers to ensure the sustainability of the fishery.  Following these guidelines will ensure that fishing in Puerto Vallarta and Nuevo Nayarit is sustainable.  We always catch and release unless the fish is going to be consumed.

5 Fishing Techniques

Deep sea fishing requires different techniques than freshwater fishing. Learn how to troll, which involves dragging lures or bait behind a moving boat to attract fish. You may also use live bait or artificial lures, depending on the target species. The key here is to make sure your captain is experienced and knows what techniques to use for waht fish. Trolling is often used but there are times when casting can be more effective in Puerto Vallarta and Nuevo Nayarit

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6 Weather Awareness

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Weather conditions can change quickly at sea, so it’s important to stay informed. Check the weather forecast before your trip and listen to any advisories from your captain. Be prepared for choppy seas and bring motion sickness medication if you are prone to seasickness.  We will not sail in unsafe conditions but the water can get choppy at times and you will need to be prepared for this. Puerto Vallarta Fishing weather is usually calm and safe but having a good idea of what the water will be like before you embark is very important

7 Targeted Species

Puerto Vallarta is known for its diverse marine life, including marlin, sailfish, tuna, and mahi-mahi. Research the species you are most interested in catching and tailor your fishing techniques accordingly.  Sometimes a longer trip may be required for different types of species, for instance, you will not likely catch a sailfish in the inner harbour.   Mahi-mahi swim in schools and the captain needs to know where they are.

Huge Red Snapper caught in the ocean outside Nuevo Nayarit

8 Safety Precautions


Deep sea fishing can be physically demanding, so it’s important to take safety precautions seriously. Wear appropriate clothing, sunscreen, and a hat to protect yourself from the sun. Follow the captain’s instructions at all times and familiarize yourself with the location of safety equipment on board.

9 Local Regulations

Familiarize yourself with local fishing regulations and restrictions. Certain areas may be off-limits for fishing, or there may be restrictions on the size and quantity of fish you can catch. Ignorance of these rules is not an excuse, so make sure you are compliant.

All of our captains know and follow all local regulation. Be aware that there are times when port fees need to be paid.  

21 Foot Puerto Vallarta Fishing Boat casting

10 Have Fun!!!!

Charlie and a Bonito

Deep sea fishing is not just about catching fish; it’s also about enjoying the beauty of the ocean and the thrill of the chase. Take in the stunning views, soak up the sun, and savor the adventure of fishing in one of the most picturesque destinations in the world. 

Puerto Vallarta fishing is some of the best in the world, enjoy the experience!

In conclusion, deep sea fishing in Puerto Vallarta is an unforgettable experience that offers excitement, adventure, and the chance to catch some of the most sought-after game fish in the world. By keeping these top 10 things in mind, you can make the most of your fishing trip and create memories that will last a lifetime.


We only use the best captains and safest boats in Puerto Vallarta and Nuevo Nayarit.  Please go here if you want to take a look at our boats.

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