Go Fishing in Banderas Bay
Banderas Bay and the surrounding waters of the Pacific teem with sea life, providing some of the best sport fishing in the world, including dorado (mahi-mahi) sailfish, wahoo, giant tuna and monster marlin.
A number of activity providers welcome you to the bay with boats and fishing trips customized to meet nearly everyone's needs and budget, from small open fishing boats ideal for two people, to large twin-diesel-powered sport fishers for six people or more.
There are many great fishing grounds in and around Banderas Bay. The northern half of the bay, between La Cruz and Punta de Mita, provides great sierra fishing. In the South Shore, from Mismaloya to Yelapa, the water is deeper and you can find tuna, dorado and bonita year around.
The Marietas Islands, visible from just about every spot in Banderas Bay, provide great scuba diving and mark the beginning of the trophy fishing area. In the protected banks of the marieta Islands you'll find all the big game fish, such as marlin, sailfish, tuna, dorado and wahoo.
While you can have an excellent adventure fishing in and around Banderas Bay year around, several species thrive on specific times of the year.
- Amberjack (Pez fuerte): April - June
- Dorado (Mahi-mahi, Dolphinfish): September - April
- Grouper (Garlopa): June - August
- Jack crevalle (Toro): February - April
- Marlin, black: September - November
- Marlin, blue: October - December
- Marlin, striped: September - November
- Pargo (Coconaco): May - June
- Red Snapper (Huachinango): April - May
- Roosterfish (Pez gallo): June - August
- Sailfish (Pez vela): August - January
- Spanish mackerel (Sierra): March - May
- Tuna (Atún): May - September
- Wahoo (Guaju): January - February
Unbeknownst to many, an increasing number of spear fishing world records are being established right here, in the waters right off Punta de Mita. Practiced for centuries for survival, the sport of spear fishing is catching up in our destination, as ideal environmental conditions necessary to practice the sport happen in a small number of locations throughout the world, Punta de Mita being one of them.
Thanks to a small number of providers, beginners can train to go deep in the water with specialized equipment and catch prey under controlled, sustainable conditions.
Mexico, like many countries around the world, forbids spear fishing using scuba equipment (oxygen tanks and such). Therefore, anybody interested in the sport must be in fairly good physical condition, in order to hold their breath underwater long enough to catch their prey.