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Puerto Vallarta Fishing Destinations

Throughout Banderas Bay, you can find some fantastic fishing whether it's offshore or inshore. There are many species of fish to target while in Puerto Vallarta area and the most popular targeted are the species of Bill fish like the Pacific Sailfish, Blue Marlin and Black Marlin.

But billfish aren't all Banderas Bay and the Pacific Coast fishing offers. Usually fishing no more than 30 to 40 minutes out, anglers consistently score on dorado, tuna, jack crevalle, wahoo, skipjack, rainbow runner, blue runner, amberjack, snapper grouper, mackerel, trevally, and bonito.

Puerto Vallarta's Popular Offshore Fishing Destinations

Banderas Bay & Puerto Vallarta Fishing - Offshore Fishing Map


While the huge trophy fish generally prefer the cooler waters of the Pacific, just outside of banderas bay, they do occasionally venture into the bay.

Inside Banderas Bay, you'll find a huge variety of fish. Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, 50 lb. Tuna, Wahoo, Snapper, Grouper, Roosterfish, Amberjack, Mackeral, in addition to dozens of other varieties await you. Whether you prefer bottom fishing, trolling, or are simply a recreational fisherman who just wants to be on the water, this is a great destination.

About Banderas Bay


The Destinations

Outer Bay Destinations

El Banco

The Banks is the most celebrated and talked about fishing site for Vallarta fishing.

El Banco / The Banks is one of the premier fishing sites in the Banderas Bay area. Located approximately 50 miles northwest of Marina Vallarta/ El Banco is an area where the structure of the sea floor meets the surface and it lies in the migratory path of the Yellowfin Tuna.


La Corbetena

La Corbetena is world famous as a fantastic fishing destination.

Located about 38 miles from Marina Vallarta, La Corbetena is an undersea mountaintop surrounded by acres of smaller tuna and other "bait fish" for the bigger game fish that will challenge any angler.


El Morro

A group of rock pinnacles with some of the most exciting fishing.

Rock pinnacles covered with barnacles and marine growth rise to form El Morro. This is yet another well-known and excellent fishing destination in Banderas Bay which is located about six miles from the Marietas Islands.


Inner Bay Destinations

Marieta Islands

Located just off the north end of Banderas Bay are the Marietas Islands.

These small islands, seen above the bays surface, are the top peaks of an underwater mountain range rising steeply up from the deep blue waters of Banderas Bay.


El Faro

When the fishing isn't going on at Corbetena, it is often found at El Faro.

El Faro is located at the far south end of Banderas Bay. This is a great place for catching sailfish, tuna, mahi-mahi, and numerous other types of bay fish.