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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

We've put together a list of answers to the most frequently asked questions about fishing in Puerto Vallarta, the sportfishing boats in Mr Marlin's fleet, and what kind of fish you can expect to catch on one of our fishing charters. Have more questions? CONTACT US - or, if you are visiting Puerto Vallarta, please stop by the Mr Marlin Sportfishing and Marine Activity Center in Marina Vallarta.

When is the best time to fish for sail, marlin, tuna, etc?
I want to fish for a specific species. Can we do that?
Can we target wahoo?
Do you have a catch and release fishing program?
What fishing tackle is supplied on the trip?
If I lose a lure or break a rod, will I be charged?
Do I need a Mexican fishing license? Is it included with the charter?
Do you have a "No Fish - No Pay" policy?
Can I fish with my own tackle?
Can I bait and hook the fish myself?
Who do I make my complaints to if I am dissatisfied with something?
Is live bait supplied with my charter?
Where do I get my fish cleaned?
How do I get my fish home?
Can I have my fish mounted?
Can I reserve a particular boat or skipper?
Do the crews on your boats speak English?
Are your sportfishing boats equipped with fighting chairs?
What time do the charters leave? Can they leave any earlier?
What time do the fishing boats return to shore?
Do the boats have bathrooms? Are they enclosed?
Can your boats take us fly-fishing?
How much should I tip the crew?
What are the fishing charter rates?
Which airlines service Puerto Vallarta?
What documentation do I need to come to Mexico?
Can I make my reservation without making a deposit?
What is your cancellation policy?
When do I need to pay for my fishing trip?

When is the best time to fish for sail, marlin, tuna, etc?
See our Fishing Calendar.

I want to fish for a specific species. Can we do that?
Yes, it is possible to target specific species, depending on the time of year, location, water conditions [water temperature, barometric pressure, underwater currents, etc] and the fishing equipment you are using. We will make every effort to fulfill your request.

Can we target wahoo?
Yes, but since wahoo are an incidental catch, usually taken while trolling for another species, it is always hard to predict where these non-schooling, open-water fish will be found. We can supply wahoo lures, or you can bring your own.
Do you have a catch and release fishing program?
Yes, and we encourage all anglers to practice conservation. Let the crew know that you want your fish released, and they will be happy to take care of it.

What fishing tackle is supplied on the trip?
All of our boats are fully equipped with top-of-the-line Penn International gear.

If I lose a lure or break a rod, will I be charged?
Yes, you will be charged the replacement value of the item[s].
Do I need a Mexican fishing license? Is it included with the charter?
To fish in Mexico, you need either an US issued Salt-Water Fishing License, or a Mexican Salt-Water Fishing License, which may be purchased at our office for $12 USD.

Do you have a "No Fish - No Pay" policy?
No. However, our years of record-setting catches will help assure your success. [See our 3 Generations of Champions]

Can I fish with my own tackle?
Yes you may, or in combination with our supplied tackle.
Can I bait and hook the fish myself?
The crew is there to assist you. Let them know what you would like.

Who do I make my complaints to if I am unsatisfied with something about my charter?
The owner of Mr Marlin, Captian Juan Moll, is always available to settle any grievances.

Is live bait supplied with my charter?
Mullet is on the boat prior to your departure, and included in the price of your charter. If you wish another baitfish, you will be charged separately.
Where do I get my fish cleaned?
Your catch will be cleaned and prepared for transport by the crew.

How do I get my fish home?
Coolers and freezer packets are available for transportation of your catch home. Bringing fillet into the US is not a problem with customs or the airlines.

Can I have my fish mounted?
Should you desire, we can arrange to have your catch mounted through associates in Mexico City or Florida. Information is available from your Captain.
Can I reserve a particular boat or skipper?
Yes, you may reserve boats/skippers in advance. Barring unforeseen mechanical or other difficulties, you will fish on that boat. Let us know your preferences when you book your charter.

Do the crews on your boats speak English?
Yes, our Captains and crews are bilingual.

Are your sportfishing boats equipped with fighting chairs?
Yes, or you may fish with a rod belt and harness.
What time do the charters leave? Can they leave any earlier?
Standard departure time is 7am. Earlier departures can be arranged.

What time do the fishing boats return to shore?
Expect to return to our docks at approx. 3pm. Boats may stay out later at the skipper's discretion, depending on conditions.

Do the boats have bathrooms? Are they enclosed?
All of our boats have enclosed heads.
Can your boats take us fly-fishing?
Yes, but you will need to bring your own tackle.

How much should I tip the crew?
Generally 10-20%, subject to your satisfaction with the crew's performance.

What are the fishing charter rates?
See our Services & Rates.
Which airlines service Puerto Vallarta?
AeroMexico, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Air Canada, Continental Airlines, Delta Airlines, Mexicana and America West.

What documentation do I need to come to Mexico?
A passport, or birth certificate and picture ID. You will be issued a tourist card upon entering the country. Be sure to hang on to it, you will need it to exit Mexico.

What is your cancellation policy?
See our Cancellation Policy.
Can I make my reservation without making a deposit?
No. All charters require a reservation deposit. When we receive your deposit, we will send your reservation confirmation by email, and the balance due must be paid upon your arrival in Puerto Vallarta.

When do I need to pay for my fishing trip?
A deposit must be received to hold your reservation. Full payment must be received before boarding your boat on your departure date. The balance due may be paid in pesos, US Dollars, or Traveler's checks.

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