Punta Mita may not be the first place that comes to mind when one thinks of big game fishing. However, the locals know that it is one of the best fishing spots in the world. Whether you are a seasoned angler or seeking a new thrill, the fishing opportunities available to tourists in Punta Mita are simply stunning. Here are some of our suggestions for making your Punta Mita fishing adventure an unforgettable experience.
Which fish to catch?
The variety of fish in the Punta Mita waters is astounding. You can find different species of marlin, tuna, red snapper, mahi mahi, grouper, Jack Crevalle, amber jack and many more. Some stand out trophy species of the area are the Blue Marlin, the Black Marlin, Cubera Snapper, Pacific Sailfish and of course Yellowfin Tuna. The Yellowfin Tuna is by far the most hefty catch you can find in Punta Mita, with specimens edging on 400 pounds. If you’re a serious sportfisher looking for a thrilling hunt, off-shore fishing in Punta Mita is sure to please. If you prefer to stay on shore, don’t worry. Inshore and shore fishing in Punta Mita can wield you smaller species like Almaco Jack, Spanish mackerel, and African pompano.
When to plan your off-shore fishing adventure
The peninsula of Punta Mita is surrounded by pristine waters teeming with big game species of fish, making it a sought after destination by international anglers. From September to February, the waters of Punta Mita cool down slightly and this happens to be the best fishing season with the highest catch rates for Striped and Blue Marlin, Snapper, Wahoo, and Tuna. But there is no bad time for fishing in Punta Mita. These waters hold such a beautiful variety of species perfect for eating or mounting that any time of year is sure to please even the most experienced fishermen. Pro tip: If you’re looking for an extreme challenge, book your trip during September and October. This is when the Black Marlin, the fastest fish in the world, is most likely to be caught.
If you are visiting in November, the nearby International Marlin and Sailfish Tournament is a must-do. This huge tournament is open to visitors and locals alike, turning the town of Puerto Vallarta into a vibrant international fiesta where you will meet enthusiasts from all over the globe. Also in November, the Hook the Cure fishing tournament offers an all inclusive experience including golf, spa treatments and unlimited gourmet dining. The fun is all for a good cause, as proceeds go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. This event has raised over $5.8 million and attracts some word-class celebrity guests and athletes. Pro tip: These world class tournaments are a great activity for large groups with sponsorship opportunities, so consider Punta Mita fishing for your next corporate event.
VIP Fishing Experiences
An amazing fishing location nearby to Punta Mita is Roca Corbetena. This rock island offers an incredible fishing experience because of the countless species of small bait fish which inhabit the waters. These smaller fish attract the big game fish you’ll be after. True enthusiasts of the sport cannot miss Roca Corbetena. Chartered fishing tours, such as YKnot Fishing and SeaDoos, can bring you there. They will cater to your desires whether you want to spearfish for octopus, snorkel, or just sit back and enjoy the sparkling waters while you watch someone else do the fishing. Many charters are proud to offer signature food and drink experiences on board, like Spearmex which offers an exclusive Patron Experience. Some fishing charters, such as Pesca en Vallarta, even specialize in multi-day trips. While you live aboard in the utmost comfort, the crew will ensure your adventure is like no other. Pro tip: Once you’ve made your choice, be sure to book your chartered fishing experience in advance. While there are many boats and crews to choose from, the best ones rarely have walk-on availability.
From Amazing Fishing to Sensational Seafood
If you would like to include some incredible rod-to-plate dining in your fishing expedition after an exciting day at sea, you can relax and enjoy the freshest meal you’ve ever had. After fishing in the waters between your Punta Mita villa and the large resort town of Puerto Vallarta is only a 40 minute boat ride from Punta Mita, you can deboard and explore the culinary delights here. Many shore line restaurants and hotels, both in Punta Mita and Puerto Vallarta, will even grill your catch for you right before your eyes. We recommend Si Senor for an upscale experience or Mita Mary Boat Bistro for an open air picnic, both on the shores of Punta Mita. In Puerto Vallarta, the exceptionally beautiful Le Kliff will serve you your catch as you gaze out from their cliffside dining area. The Puerto Vallarta bay holds largely the same species and abundance of fish, but because the town offers so many activities and tourist amenities, the waters here tend to be more crowded and the catch slightly smaller during peak seasons. Pro tip: To avoid the crowds and get the heartiest catch for your meal, we recommend setting sail from Punta Mita and visiting the shores of Puerto Vallarta after. If you’re looking for an ocean adventure with all the stops, Punta Mita is the perfect place. When you’re ready to set sail,
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Not into fishing?
Even if someone in your party is on the fence about sport fishing, there is something for everyone when it comes to the waters of Punta Mita. Spotting whales, dolphins, exotic birds and beautiful marine life from your boat is almost guaranteed – be sure to visit our post on whale watching as well.