Pete Vines

Welcome to the June fishing report for Puerto Vallarta, Mexico by Capt. Peter Vines. This is the game changer of all the fishing reports of the year, and you'll soon see why. Our rainy season begins on June 15th and lasts until October 15th, some might think the rain slows our fishing. No. On the contrary, the evening rains have a profound effect on fishing, bringing in pelagic fish and bait into our bay. If you find bait movement, you will find fish. Heavy rains can cause a flooding effect in our rivers, emptying debris into the bay. Sailfish, mahi-mahi, and even marlin love to hunt along these "trash lines," where dark blue water meets off-colored water. Slow-trolling live bait is one of the best methods in these conditions. When you see ten boats working fishing line as I have described above you know the fishing is hot in this area.

With heavy rains, it's common to see large trees, small islands, and all sorts of debris floating in the bay, creating excellent fishing spots for dorados, sailfish, tuna, and various small game fish right in the bay.

Offshore fishing heats up in the summer months. While bay fishing is fantastic, if you want huge marlin and tuna, you need to head offshore. With the rainy season and summer approaching, the big fish are here for the taking. Our favorite fishing spots include Morro, El Banco, and La Corbetena. These honey holes are perfect for marlin, tuna, mahi-mahi, and sailfish. They may be farther out, but they are well worth the ride. There's nothing like dropping a ten-pound bait off one of our Avet 2-speed fishing reels and waiting for the big one to hit first thing in the morning. In June, there are many ways to fish here.

For marlin, sailfish, and mahi-mahi, we love to start with top-water fast-speed lures, often running them with some natural baits. While fast trolling, we often see marlin, dorados, or sailfish come into our spread and check out all the baits. When they don't bite, it's time to deploy live bait. The three rules of deep-sea fishing in Puerto Vallarta are:



  • Live bait



  • high speed and skipping lures offshore



  • large live baits offshore for marlin and tuna



Weather and Fishing Conditions

Every summer, I get countless calls about the weather. Clients see rain forecasts on Google Weather and think it will rain all day. However, Puerto Vallarta rarely experiences all-day rain, mostly seeing rain in the evenings. Mornings might be overcast, but it almost always clears up for an exceptional day of fishing. Before any of our boats leave the dock, I check the weather for all our clients. Most all days the weather will be sunny in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.


Tips for Summer Fishing in Puerto Vallarta



  • Bring plenty of live bait.



  • Ensure your boat has tuna tubes for offshore trips; they are essential for huge tuna and marlin fishing.



  • Plan for big fish and work together.



  • Think about big marlins and sunny days.



  • Don't forget a few beers to celebrate your huge catch and all the fun you'll have fishing here in Mexico.



Fishful Thinking

Capt. Pete and crews

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,pitch baits
Water Depth: 300 plus
Water Temperature: 78 deg
Wind Direction: na
Wind Speed: 7 knots

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Pete Vines

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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