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Captain Juan Pablo Moll's Puerto Vallarta Fishing Report
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October 07, 2010

I am happy to report that overall the fishing is good, it’s not the best October in history - but it’s far from the worst. Each and every charter has been successful for the last 3 weeks, although some days have been better than others. The water is warm and clean, scattered tuna, and lots blue and black marlin, sailfish, snapper, and dorado.

Tuna Report

Corbeteña (The Rock) and El Banco are both pretty busy places this time of year when it comes to Tuna! Unfortunately this year they seem to be scattered, some days are better than others. Most boats are getting 5 – 10 strikes per week and most fish are only weighing between 30 – 100 pounds.

There have been a few bigger fish caught but it’s not to be expected. We’ve had the most success with the kite, and drifting live caballitos (google eye fish) and skip jack, if we can get them. We’ve also had a bit of luck with Diamond, Butterfly, and Lucanus jigs.

Marlin and Sailfish

It’s been pretty busy when it comes to fishing for billfish, we’ve had a number of days with non-stop action. We’ve had a couple of day with up 8 marlin strikes - and most fish are weighing up to 600 pounds.

We’ve also found a couple of sails, but again this is not something you should expect every day. We’ve only been getting 2-3 strikes per week, and when we have had luck, we’ve been trolling lures and live skip jack.


As usual, there is snapper at both El Banco and Corbeteña, however, we haven’t had much of a chance to target them. We’ve been spending most of our time with the marlin.


Inshore fishing has been great at all the spots – Punta Mita, El Moro, Las Marietas, and Litibu. We’ve found some rooster fish, amberjack, jack crevalle, and Spanish mackerel. Again, I’ve spent most of my time offshore but the days we’ve stopped at the point on the way back in we’ve had a good time – lots of fish all over.

In summary sportfishing is pretty good here in Puerto Vallarta, and it should stay that way for a while. But in the meantime we have more than enough to keep us busy, like I say it has been action-packed for the last month.

Good luck, good fishing, and I hope to see you in Puerto Vallarta soon.
Captain Juan Pablo Moll
Born and raised in Puerto Vallarta, Juan Pablo comes from a long line of sports fishermen. ESPN's Sport Challenge and Marlin Magazine have made his father, Captain Juan Moll, a.k.a. Mr. Marlin, known to sports fisherman around the world, and his grandfather holds the record for the largest sailfish ever caught in the Mexican Pacific. As a member of the International Game Fish Association who fully supports the conservation efforts of the International Billfish Foundation, Juan Pablo carries on the family tradition by offering quality sports fishing charters in Puerto Vallarta.

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