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23 Nov 2015

Visitors of stunning Punta Mita, Mexico, can always find something special going on during their vacation, and visiting fishing enthusiasts had a great time at the recent 60th annual International Marlin and Sailfish Fishing Tournament, which took place Nov. 11-14, in nearby Puerto Vallarta. Sponsored by the Puerto Vallarta Fishing Club, this popular event has long been utilized to promote the art of sport fishing while encouraging the preservation of the sea creatures and the waters they inhabit in both Banderas Bay and the Pacific Ocean.

2015 Tournament Winners Announced

This tournament attracts a great many sport-fishing enthusiasts every year, and they sign up as teams of up to four participants. Everyone caught something and had a great time, and the official winners have been formally announced.


Marlin Winners

First Place: Snookmafia, 207.2 pounds Second Place: Stakita, 158.4 pounds Third Place: The Markies, 156.1 pounds

Tuna Swimming in MexicoSailfish Winners

First Place: Quixote, 34.7 pounds Second Place: Apprentice Baiters, 34.6 pounds Third Place: Good Day, 30.4 pounds

Tuna Winners

First Place: The Cindy, 47 pounds Second Place: Kokomo, 45.2 pounds Third Place: Good Day, 39.3 pounds

Mahi Mahi Winner

First Place: Bosco, 30 pounds

Billfish Catch-and-Release Winner

First Place: Miss Adventure

A Bit of Tournament History

Bubbling with excitement after taking first place in a New Zealand fishing tournament, Engineer Juan De Dios De La Torre was anxious to bring the same type of experience to his home in Puerto Vallarta. He gathered together a group of his friends and was able to convince them to start a fishing competition, and the idea really picked up speed when it was decided that the sport-fishing competition could trigger tourism to the area. The Puerto Vallarta Fishing Club was founded at that time, and the tournament was officially born in 1956. It was originally thought that only fishing enthusiasts from other parts of Mexico may be attracted to Banderas Bay for the competition, but everyone got a pleasant surprise when even Americans showed up for that very first fishing tournament. It has since attracted competitors from several countries, and the tournament seems to grow in popularity every year. Today, this long-lived competition is well-respected as one of the most prestigious sport-fishing tournaments in the entire world.

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It's Always Time to Fish in Punta Mita

You don't have to wait for a fishing competition to enjoy the amazing fishing opportunities in and around Punta Mita. The fishing is good all year around, and you can always find an experienced fishing captain to take you out for a try at catching that trophy fish that you've been dreaming about. If that doesn't suit you, then you might like to rent a boat to go out on your own. You can also fish right from the beach, or you may want to get creative and combine some diving with a little spearfishing. You may expect to catch several different types of fish that include shark, tuna, marlin, sailfish, snapper, grouper and many more.

Come Stay With Us

Here at Exceptional Stays, we have the perfect luxury villa available that will put you close to all of the fishing that you could ever want. Be sure to let us know what you are interested in when you make your reservation, and our friendly staff members will help you select a villa with all of the best amenities that is also near our other wonderful recreational opportunities. Contact us to lock in your reservations today, and you'll soon be experiencing the best tropical vacation of a lifetime.