Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – One of the most prestigious national and international sportfishing tournaments on the Mexican Pacific, the Puerto Vallarta International Sport Fishing Tournament, will celebrate its 67th edition from November 8 through 11, 2023.
Formerly known as the Puerto Vallarta Torneo Internacional de Pez Vela y Marlin, last year, the sailfish category was catch and release for the first time. This year, the tournament will not have the sailfish category, in order to contribute to the recovery of this marine species.
This was announced during the presentation of the tournament last Friday at the Club de Pesca Puerto Vallarta (Puerto Vallarta Fishing Club), whose objective is to promote sport fishing, sportsmanship, and the organization of tournaments that encourage the preservation of the abundant species that reside in the warm blue waters of Banderas Bay and Mexican Pacific.
“This year the sailfish is out of the competition to protect the sizes, protect the species and so that in future years there will be better catches,” representatives of the club explained. “As such, this year’s tournament has been designated the Torneo Internacional Pesca de Marlin y Atún Puerto Vallarta.”
The 2023 International Marlin and Tuna Tournament will offer anglers three exciting days of competitive fishing in some of Mexico’s finest waters.
Due to the success of previous tournaments, and thanks to the support of city authorities, local sponsors, Fishing Club members, the media and the community in general, the 67th edition of the Puerto Vallarta International Fishing Tournament promises to be a spectacular event. Last year there were 47 teams registered, and this year more than 50 are expected to participate, that is, more than 200 fishermen will be competing.
The prizes to be distributed amongst the winners will be, in total, almost one and a half million pesos, among which large amounts of cash, boats, fishing rods and equipment stand out.
Pre-registration is now open for teams of up to 4 fishermen per boat. Those who register before October 31 will receive a discount. Visit FishVallarta.com for more information and tournament registration.
Registration will be held on Wednesday, November 8, from 5 to 10 pm, at the Club de Pesca, located at Hamburgo 145 in Colonia Versalles. (See Google Map)
An opening ceremony at the Rosita Hotel in downtown Puerto Vallarta (See Google Map) will kick-off the three-day tournament at 7:00 am on November 9. Afterwards, teams can ‘head out to sea’ for the first day of fishing. For the next two days of the tournament they can head out anytime after midnight.
Fish receptions and weigh-ins will be held between 2:00 and 6:00 pm each afternoon on the Marina Vallarta Malecón, next to the Marina del Rey condominiums. (See Google Map)
Anglers will compete daily to win prizes for catching the largest (that comply with tournament rules and regulations) marlin, tuna and dorado, in the waters of Banderas Bay.
The Awards Ceremony will be held at 7:00 pm on November 11 next to the Marina del Rey condominiums on the Marina Vallarta Malecón. The three categories for prize winners are Marlin, Tuna and Dorado (Mahi Mahi). There will also be an award for The Best Crew.
If you are serious about sport fishing, you won’t want to miss the 67th Annual Puerto Vallarta International Sailfish and Marlin Tournament!