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Mr Marlin Fishing Charters

Puerto Vallarta • Riviera Nayarit 


Saltwater fishing in Puerto Vallarta Mexico is an exciting experience you don't want to miss! Puerto Vallarta has always been one of Mexico's best kept secrets for big-game sportfishing, and Mr Marlin has been providing the finest fishing charters in Puerto Vallarta since 1957.

Mr Marlin's fishing charters are hosted by billfish tournament champion Captain Juan Moll whose record-setting catches of sailfish, mahi-mahi, dorado, marlin, tuna, roosterfish and red snapper are legendary on Mexico's Pacific Coast. Featured on ESPN's Sport Challenge and in several Marlin Magazine articles, Captain Juan Moll and his crew have the experience to offer you an unforgettable day of fishing.

Puerto Vallarta is ideally situated on Banderas Bay, which offers some of the best sportsfishing in the world. The 40-mile-wide bay has depths of up to two miles, and you can choose from a variety of fishing charters within the bay. If you prefer to explore the rich fishing grounds of the Mexican Pacific, offshore angling action includes Pacific sailfish, blue and black marlin, dorado and giant yellowfin tuna. With Mr Marlin you always get the best captain, crew and the all-around fishing experience.

Be sure to check out our trophy Photo Galleries of record setting catches and our Guest Comments, as well as our Frequently Asked Questions section for more information on the hottest bluewater fishing charters on the Pacific Coast of Mexico. Our Fishing Calendar will let you know what's biting when you're here and our Fish Galleries will help you figure out what kind of fish you want to catch. Then use our easy Online Reservations to schedule your saltwater fishing charter in Puerto Vallarta.

Whether you're looking to catch a record Marlin or just want to spend an unforgettable day fishing with your family, Mr Marlin Fishing Charters are the best way to spend your vacation in Puerto Vallarta. Bring home memories of more than just the one that got away... Reel in the big ones with Mr Marlin, the most experienced, professional fishing charter service in Puerto Vallarta Mexico.

We're always happy to help you with Puerto Vallarta information and can help you find ways to make your vacation more enjoyable, so contact us today with your questions and comments. Happy Fishing!

3 Generations of Champions
Captain Juan Moll [age 14] and his father with the biggest tournament-caught sailfish on record in Puerto Vallarta to date.

Juan Moll, better known in Puerto Vallarta as Mr Marlin, has gained notoriety through the international press. Three programs on ESPN's Sports Challenge and several interviews in Marlin Magazine and other fishing publications have made one of the most famous people in Puerto Vallarta a prominent name in sportfishing worldwide.

Puerto Vallarta has become a household word among big-game anglers outpacing Mazatlán to the north, Cozumel on the Yucatán Peninsula, and southern Baja California as the places to go in Mexico for serious billfishing. Mr Marlin's history speaks for itself.

With a sterling reputation as one of the greatest fisherman on the Bay of Banderas, Juan's business is booming. According to Moll, the locals themselves took notice of the marlin only recently. Not surprisingly, Moll was one of those who contributed to the discovery, which perhaps, explains why many of his friends refer to him as "Mr Marlin of Puerto Vallarta."

Marlin are not the only fish in the sea. According to Juan, the type of fish to be found in the waters around the Bay of Banderas varies according to season. August through December is marlin fishing season. Sailfish can be caught from August thru March, and dorado from August thru February. From June to November, yellowfin tuna abound, and from February to April yellowtail are plentiful, making the Bay of Banderas a fisherman's paradise.

Juan's experiences, memories and triumphs over his forty-eight years of sportfishing have left him feeling "full and satisfied." He is proud to be a part of a family that has made an effort to be professional sportfishermen. Moll's father served as Vallarta's first 'Captain of the Port' and holds the record for the largest sailfish ever caught in the Mexican Pacific.

Juan holds the record for the heaviest marlin ever caught in the history of Puerto Vallarta, and has won numerous tournaments over the years. He has participated in fishing tournaments in Kona Hawaii, Cabo San Lucas, Manzanillo and in San Blas. Most recently, in February's Billfish tournament held in Barra de Navidad, Moll's team Penicilinos won first place by bringing in the largest sailfish.

The family tradition continues with Moll's son, Juan Pablo, who at the tender age of eleven won the national championship in Puerto Vallarta's International Fishing Tournament by catching a sailfish weighing 37 kilos. Now twenty-one, Juan Pablo plans to manage his father's business, appropriately named "Mr Marlin" sometime in the near future.

Mr Marlin's services are available in his tackle store-delicatessen located in Marina Vallarta. His fleet of fishing boats includes the 35' Bertrum - Top Gun, the 36' Alures - Barrabas, and the 50' Pacemaker - Mr Marlin. All of the boats are fully outfitted with top-of-the-line equipment and have English-speaking captains. Juan also offers taxidermy service for those who would like a trophy to go along with their memories of a great day of fishing.

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Children With Cancer/Canica Vallarta

Asociacion Femenil Vallartense works in conjunction with Canica Vallarta (Support Center for Children with Cancer) with one of their main programs giving aid and attention to children and youngsters of low income with cancer in Puerto Vallarta.

Reel in the New Year with Great Sportfishing in Vallarta

Fishing Booker

With New Year’s temperatures hovering around 87°F, Puerto Vallarta is the perfect place to get that winter tan. A chance to fish in one of the best fisheries in the Pacific is just an added bonus.

Infamous Las Marias Island Prison Outside PV to Close

The Associated Press

Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador says he will close a famed island penal colony off the country’s Pacific coast.

Annual Hook the Cure Tournament Returns to Puerto Vallarta

CF Foundation

The Thirteenth Annual Hook the Cure will return to Puerto Vallarta on November 8. The four-day catch-and-release offshore tournament will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

'My Friend Without Hair' Fundraiser on the Malecon for Children with Cancer

Vallarta Women's Association

The aim of the project is raising awareness among the population and creating more support for those suffering from this evil, in addition to raising funds to help more and more children who require help and can continue without any problem with their treatments.

La Cruz Gears Up for 4th Annual International Sport Fishing Tournament

CVB of Riviera Nayarit

There are over 3 million pesos in prizes this year, among them a pickup truck, seven cars and fishing gear, as well as high daily jackpots and cars for those who break the current Marlin and Sail Fish records.

Children with Cancer in Vallarta Fundraiser Breakfast

Children with Cancer Vallarta

Please join us and invite your friends to celebrate 10 years of providing help to the Children with Cancer in Puerto Vallarta. You have been very instrumental in the past, and would like for you to help us once again.

Thanksgiving Dinner to Benefit Puerto Vallarta Children With Cancer


We are inviting you to join us for our Thanksgiving Dinner fundraiser on Thursday, November 26 at 4:00 pm at the beautiful Le Bistro Jazz Cafe.

Riviera Nayarit Ready for 54th International San Blas Fishing Tournament

CVB of Riviera Nayarit

The tournament will award four million Mexican pesos’ worth of new cars, boat motors and professional fishing equipment to the winners.

Join the Fun at the IFC End of Season Brunch at Casa Fantasia

International Friendship Club

There will be door prizes and a raffle. This is always a very festive occasion as the IFC celebrates another successful season. The Casa Fantasia Brunch offers a delightful buffet menu. Join us on April 13.

58th International Marlin & Sailfish Fishing Tournament Set for November 13-16

The annual International Marlin & Sailfish Fishing Tournament held every November for over fifty years, brings together some of the most avid sports fishermen from Mexico, the U.S. and abroad.

Riviera Nayarit Hosts 53rd International Sport-Fishing Tournament of San Blas

Sport Fishing Club of Tepic

This year the International Sportfishing Tournament of San Blas, Riviera Nayarit is going to be from May 29th to June 2nd 2013 in San Blas, Nayarit, Mexico.

The Best Sportfishing Tournaments on Mexico's Pacific Coast in Riviera Nayarit

CVB of Riviera Nayarit

Sportfishing season is back in Riviera Nayarit with the 53rd International Fishing Tournament in San Blas and the 2nd International Fishing Tournament in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, regarded by experts as some of the best places in the world to practice this sport.

Charities Announced to Benefit from Vallarta's 2013 Altruism Festival

U.S. Consular Agency Vallarta

Twenty-four of our local charity and non-profit organizations in Banderas Bay have been announced to participate and benefit from Puerto Vallarta's largest fundraising event of the year to take place on Sunday, May 5.

9th International Altruism Festival to Benefit 24 Local Charities


This is the most important altruism event of Puerto Vallarta and will take place on Sunday, May 5, 2013, beginning at 6:00 pm, in the beautiful beachfront garden of the CasaMagna Marriott Resort in Marina Vallarta.

Cancer Cases Reduced in Puerto Vallarta with Early Detection and Education

Tribuna de la Bahia

Both Social Security and the Ministry of Health have focused programs to cater to the different sectors of the population, such as the ChiquitIMSS and the JuvenIMSS, whose objectives are to promote practice among the teens to create active and healthy lifestyles.

"My Friend Without Hair" Event to Benefit Children With Cancer


The "Mi Amigo Sin Pelo" event will take place on Sunday, November 25, 2012, at the arches of the malecon in downtown Puerto Vallarta. For this noble cause, Vallarta is supporting 19 children with cancer so that they can go to the city of Guadalajara to receive care and treatment.

Eagle Wings Deliver 1.5M Pesos to Local Charities

Puerto Vallarta Convention and Visitors Bureau

Alas de Aguila continues to improve lives of vulnerable Vallarta residents through various civil associations as part of their commitment to work together to lend support to a greater number of people.

8th International Altruism Festival

CasaMagna Marriott Resort & Spa

CasaMagna Marriott Resort & Spa is once again the proud sponsor of the 8th International Altruism Festival in Puerto Vallarta. This gastronomic and cultural event creates awareness among the population to support those who need it the most.

Three Shark Fishermen from Oaxaca Rescued After Nine Days at Sea

Mexico News Daily

After nine days lost on the open sea, three shark fishermen from Huatulco, Oaxaca, were found this week, safe and sound.

66th Hemingway Marlin Fishing Tournament Underway

Cuba Headlines

More than 90 boats from nine countries sail Cuban waters to win the Cup of the 66th Ernest Hemingway International Marlin Fishing Tournament, a competition that makes it possible to highlight the island as an attractive destination for recreational tourism.

Fish On: Mexico Sportfishing Rules and Regulations


When operating a boat that carries fishing equipment in Mexican waters, it is necessary to hold a valid fishing license for everybody aboard the boat, regardless of age and whether fishing or not.

Angler Lands 430-Pound Yellowfin Tuna Off Loreto; Can't Claim World Record

An angler fishing off the Baja California city of Loreto has landed a 430-pound yellowfin tuna that might have become a world record if he had followed proper procedure.

Largest Marlin Caught Off California Coast in 84 Years

The Inertia

Fisherman are notorious for exaggerating the truth. But not this guy. Matt Santora has no need to lie because he just caught a 662-pound Blue Marlin off of San Diego - that’s the biggest Marlin caught off California since 1931.

Dorado from Mexico May be Illegal to Import Into US


The Presidential task force on IUU, has announced that dorado from Mexico is now an IUU at risk species. As a result illegal fishing operations in Mexico should no longer be allowed to export dorado into the US and it’s extremely lucrative sea food market.

Government Is Considering Declaring Mexico's Entire Sea of Cortez a Protected Area

The Fulano Forum

The Mexican government will be planning to name the Sea of Cortez a Nature Protected Area, according to what was reported by the Secretary of the Environment and Natural Resources in Baja California Sur.

Sanctions for Boaters Who Violate Mexico's Immigration and Fishing Regulations

U-T San Diego

Sportfishermen and others drawn to the waters off Baja California’s coast should take heed: Mexico’s federal government has been stepping up inspections, checking for passports, tourist permits, fishing permits and other documents.

Mexico Toughens Angler Passport Regulations Inside 12-Mile Territorial Waters

U-T San Diego

Anglers on offshore trips beyond Mexico's 12-mile territorial waters will be exempt from having to use a passport for documentation, but those fishing inside 12 miles will need a passport to obtain a visa to fish in Mexico.

Mexico Launches Handy App for Anglers and Boaters

The San Diego Union-Tribune

Mexico is looking to simplify its permitting and visa requirements for U.S. fishermen and boaters and has launched an App for all to use before venturing south.

Casa Hogar is a Big Winner at Bisbee's Black & Blue Tourney in Cabo San Lucas

Mexico News Daily

Hurricane Odile left a huge mess after it struck Cabo San Lucas on September 14, but it wasn’t enough to prevent its richest sportsfishing tournaments from going ahead.

New Website to Clarify Mexico Sportfishing Rules

A new Mexican government website aims to help U.S. tourists understand the requirements of Mexican federal agencies, including customs, fisheries and immigration.

American Sport Fishing Boats Caught Fishing Illegally in Mexican Waters

The Fulano Forum

The Secretary of the Navy detected American fishermen in Mexican waters without permits and, although they say they were sport fishermen, they exceeded the catch limits established by law.

Hemingway Billfishing Tournament Kicks Off in Cuba

Cuban News Agency

Some 20 crews will try from today to become champions in the 64 Ernest Hemingway International Marlin Fishing Tournament, one of the oldest events in the world.

Sailfish Leaps Into Boat, Anglers Abandon Ship


Nobody is injured and the billfish is ultimately set free in rare event off Costa Rica.

Massive Swordfish Caught in the Gulf of Mexico

ABC News

Fishermen are known for telling stories that are sometimes larger than life. But what this crew reeled in was really big - a nearly 500 pound swordfish.

Record Mexico Tuna Catch Could Fetch $1 Million

OC Register

The 427-pound yellowfin caught in Mexican waters could bring a one-million dollar prize to a California fisherman.

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Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico

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