Puerto Vallarta Sportfishing

Charters aboard El Matador.

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Frequently Asked Questions


We've put together a list of answers to the most frequently asked questions about fishing in Puerto Vallarta and what kinds of fish you can expect to catch on one of our fishing charters. Have more questions? Contact Us

I want to fish for a specific species. Can we do that?

Yes, it is possible to target specific species, depending on the time of year, location, water conditions [water temperature, barometric pressure, underwater currents, etc] and the fishing equipment you are using. We will make every effort to fulfill your request.

Can we target Wahoo?

Yes, but since wahoo are an incidental catch, usually taken while trolling for another species, it is always hard to predict where these non-schooling, open-water fish will be found. We can supply Wahoo lures, or you can bring your own.

Do you have a catch and release fishing program?

Yes, and we encourage all anglers to practice conservation. Let the crew know that you want your fish released, and they will be happy to take care of it.

What fishing tackle is supplied on the trip?

We will supply everything you need from top the line tackle companies like Calstar, Owner, Seaguar and more.

Do I need a Mexican fishing license? Is it included with the charter?

To fish in Mexico, you need either an US issued Mexican Salt-Water Fishing License, or a Mexican Salt-Water Fishing License, which may be purchased at our office for $12 USD.

Can I fish with my own tackle?

Yes you may, or in combination with our supplied tackle.

Can I bait and hook the fish myself?

The crew is there to assist you. Let them know what you would like.

Is live bait supplied with my charter?

Live bait will be provided and we will also catch live skipjacks on the fishing spot.

Where do I get my fish cleaned?

Your catch will be cleaned and prepared for transport by the crew.

How do I get my fish home?

Coolers and freezer packets are available for transportation of your catch home. Bringing fillets into the US is not a problem with customs or the airlines. You fish must be frozen before taking it on the plane.

Can I have my fish mounted?

Should you desire, we can arrange to have your catch mounted through associates in Mexico City or Florida.

Does the crew speak English?

Yes, our Captains and crews are bilingual.

What time do the charters leave? Can they leave any earlier?

Standard departure time is 7am. Earlier departures can be arranged.

Do the boats have bathrooms? Are they enclosed?

All of our boats have enclosed heads.

Can your boats take us fly-fishing?

Yes, but you will need to bring your own tackle.

How much should I tip the crew?

Generally, tips are 10-20%, subject to your satisfaction with the crew's performance.

What are the fishing charter rates?

See our Services & Rates.

Which airlines service Puerto Vallarta?

AeroMexico, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Air Canada, Continental Airlines, Delta Airlines, Mexicana and America West all fly into Puerto Vallarta.

What documentation do I need to come to Mexico?

A passport, or birth certificate and picture ID. You will be issued a tourist card upon entering the country. Be sure to hang on to it, you will need it to exit Mexico.

Can I make my reservation without making a deposit?

No. All charters require a reservation deposit. When we receive your deposit, we will send your reservation confirmation by email, and the balance due must be paid 30 days prior to your charter or upon your arrival in Puerto Vallarta if booking less than 30 days from intended charter date.

When do I need to pay for my fishing trip?

A deposit must be received to hold your reservation. Full payment must be received 30 days prior to your charter or before boarding your boat on your departure date if booking less than 30 days from intended charter date. The balance due may be paid in pesos, US Dollars, or Traveler's checks.

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