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As a city renowned for fishing and known worldwide as a premier game-fishing destination, Puerto Vallarta and its surrounding areas are a sports-fisherman’s paradise. In addition to trophy-sized Sailfish and Mahi Mahi, local fisherman and tourists alike have pulled 300- pound Yellowfin Tuna out of the sea, as well as giant marlin weighing over 500 pounds. The ocean waters of Banderas Bay are also teeming with Billfish, Jack, Sea Bass, Snapper and Wahoo. Fishing licenses are required.
Winter Catches: Wahoo, Sailfish, Striped Marlin, Dorado, Jack Crevalle, Bonito
Spring Catches: Jack Crevalle, Amberjack, Red Snapper, Dorado, Sailfish, Grouper, Mackerel
Summer Catches: Roosterfish, Grouper, Yellowfin Tuna, Dorado, Sailfish
Fall Catches: Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, Blue Marlin, Black Marlin, Striped Marlin, Sailfish, Dorado
Captain Alberto Diaz & The Lucero
Los Peines (by the Naval Hospital)
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Mexico Cell Phone: 322.229.7150
When dialing from a Mexico land line phone: 044.322.229.7150
Facebook: Fishing with Alberto
Days of Operation: 7 days per week, 365 days a year
Passenger Pick-up Fees
Pick-up can be at one of several points around the bay. Additional fees may be applicable depending on location of pick-up.
Boating Excursion Fees
The cost for all excursions is per hour, not per person
All fees can be paid in USD or the equivalent in pesos
$50 USD per hour and up to 8 passengers.
Minimum Rental Time Requirements
Fishing: 4 hours minimum (fishing is best with 4 persons or less)
Combination of Activities: 6 hours minimum
Snacks and Drinks
Will be happily provided at cost, or you are free to bring your own.
Ice and cooler are provided.
The friendly and knowledgeable Captain Alberto, who speaks excellent English, offers exciting private charters and custom tours aboard the Lucero, a lovely and well-maintained 28-foot panga with full bow cushion, comfortable cushioned seats and plenty of shade from the elements. With a long line of family in the area spanning back well over 100 years, Captain Alberto grew up along the beautiful Bay of Banderas so his deep familiarity with the area and the bay makes him the perfect tour guide for your upcoming excursion. The stories and historical information he loves to share are truly fascinating. And it must be said that he is a bit of a comedian! But that just makes his tours that much more lively, fun and enjoyable for everyone.
As well as being fully insured, this responsible tour operator has up-to-date licenses with all applicable permits for all activities offered aboard the panga. The Lucero can accommodate 8 passengers and a crew of 2. A wide range of services are offered to include: fishing, snorkeling, sightseeing, whale watching (seasonal), lunch on specific beaches depending on accessibility (there’s no beach accessibility on the north side of the bay due to shallow water and rocks), or a custom combination of these activities. All equipment is furnished. Captain Alberto prides himself on being able to provide personalized attention for each of his guests, helping them to create special and lasting memories of their time spent on the sparkling waters of Banderas Bay, Mexico.
UPDATE: Captain Alberto no longer provides the service of grouping of various tourists together for outings as recently too many persons have been no-shows, leaving the remaining passengers alone to cover the cost of the excursion.
Paradise Village Marina
Paseo de los Cocoteros #1
Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit, Mexico
This tour company offers private yacht charters with your own itinerary, as well as shared deep-sea fishing trips. Shared trips last 8 hours and depart daily at 7:45 a.m. from Paradise Marina in Nuevo Vallarta. Their 44-foot Viking yacht can accommodate up to 12 passengers.
Marina Las Palmas II
Local 11 & 12, Marina Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Mexico Phone: 011.52.322.221.0690
Specializes in first-class fishing. Boats are outfitted with the latest electronics, and they have both outriggers and downriggers to increase their guests’ chances of scoring a big catch. This company allows you to set your own itinerary. Located at Dock C-5 in Marina Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta.
Condominiums Puesta del Sol #16
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Mexico Phone: 52.322.221.0809
This fishing charter operates out of Puerto Vallarta, but also offers service from the harbor in Nuevo Vallarta. Their fleet can accommodate up to 10 persons. Their 4-12 hour excursions include all fishing gear. Lunch and fishing licenses can be purchased separately. Overnight charters are available.
Condominio Las Palmas, Local B, Marina Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico, CP 48354
Mexico Phone: 322.221.2462
This tour operator offers fishing trips from a 34-foot, fully-loaded Abermarle yatcht, and is a IGFA-approved weigh station which is quite convenient if you want to record the weight of your massive catch. The crew will clean and package your fish, or freeze it for later pick-up. Charters are conveniently provided from both Puerto Vallarta and Nuevo Vallarta.