Pete Vines

Puerto Vallarta fishing report July. The fishing report starts off with some exciting news just before July the 4th. There'll be many big celebrations here in Puerto Vallarta along with big fish to go with it.


We'll start with the hot inshore action. Bay fishing has produced many yellowtail, skipjack tuna,roosterfish, snapper, and mahi-mahi all over.  Where have we been catching all these fish? Some of the hot spots have been Nuevo Vallarta, Palo Verde, Bucerias,Los Arcos and the middle of the bay. Most of these inshore fishing trips have been of the 6 hrs choice.  Some of the shorter bay fishing trips have produced good numbers of mahi-mahi and skipjack tuna. There have many days when we caught the fish schooling in the bay and it turned into a nonstop action.

What has been the best method for fishing inshore? Here are a couple of our top performers. The Rapala coupled with some small jigs has been working incredibly well. With this set up you can Sometimes land 3 or 4 fish at the same time. It doesn't take long to have a boatload of fish when you are catching them three at a time. Sight casting has worked all week long and should hold strong all summer.  Bring your favorite casting rig or use one of ours for some fun catching fish here in Mexico. Cut bait works extremely well around some of the buoys that have been holding mahi-mahi.  Once you get on of these action-packed fish them with keep biting until you run out of fresh-cut bait. This is a fantastic way to catch and land some fast-feeding fish. Last but not least is out favorite fall back method.  Live bait. In the summer months, we love to use goggle-eye. These baits work well inshore and offshore. The marlin,tuna,mahi-mahi, sailfish, and yellowtail can't resist these baits. When the sardines show up nothing works better than a couple of scoops of sardines thrown in the water to bring up all kinds of pelagic fish for live baiting. When all else fails we use our troll with natural baits and lures. This seems to work well inshore and especially offshore. As most of our repeat clients know we love the Black Bart lures. Let's take a look at offshore fishing in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Deep sea fishing in Puerto Vallarta is always good in July. The waters have warmed up to some nice numbers. Offshore water temperatures are ranging from 84 degrees to 87 degrees.  These temperatures are conducive for marlin,dorado-mahi, tuna, and the fastest fish on the Pacific Ocean the sailfish. Most of these pelagic fish are caught around thermoclines and crystal clear waters we see offshore every day.

The bait movement is critical for fishing tuna and sailfish.  I always say if you find the bait you will find the fish. The best bet for offshore fishing is 8 hrs to 12 hrs. The more time on the water the better odds you have of hooking that wall hanger or fish of your dreams.

The hot spots will be out by Punta Mita,Marieta Islands, El Morro,Corbetena and El Banco. Some of the top places to fish in the world for big fish or a fun day.

Come down and join us for a spectacular day of fishing here in Puerto Vallarta Mexico where the friendliest people in the world live and play. Remember money can't buy happiness but it can buy a fishing trip from us and that's about the same thing

Tight lines

Capt. Pete and crew.

Fish Species: sailfish,marlin,mahi-mahi,tuna
Bait Used: mullet,goggle eye,lures
Tackle Used: avet and gold penn stand up
Method Used: trolloing,kite,jiggingd,pictch baits
Water Depth: 300 plus
Water Temperature: 79 deg.
Wind Direction: n/a
Wind Speed: 6 knots

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By Captain Pete Vines • 2023-07-08 17:51:04

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About The Author: Captain Pete Vines

Company: Puerto Vallarta Fishing

Area Reporting: Puerto Vallarta Mexico

Bio: Been here in Puerto Vallarta offering my charter services for over 35 years at great prices, we have fishing,sailing,snorkeling and whale watching at discount prices.

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