Deep Sea Fishing San Pancho Mexico | San Pancho Life

A vacation to San Pancho just is not complete without a morning or entire day spent sport fishing off the San Pancho coastline.

Panga Fishing:

One option is to go fishing in San Pancho Mexico in a Mexican panga (open-bow fishing boat with outboard motor) which offers San Pancho visitors a great day of excitement as well as a chance to view the village and surrounding jungles and beaches from the Pacific. Success is almost always guaranteed and some of the more common fish include dorado (mahi-mahi), sailfish, marlin, tuna, red snapper, rooster fish, and bonita.  (See entire list below) Most captains provide ice chests and cushions.

The going rate for a small beach-launched panga is about $40 USD per hour for up to four people with equipment, gas and boat captain included. Make sure to bring a camera as you will most likely encounter whales (Nov-April), dolphins, turtles, and abundant bird life. 

Professional Charters:

Another option for San Pancho fishing is to charter a professional fishing boat out of Punta Mita, Puerto Vallarta, or Nuevo Vallarta.  These charters usually start around $150 USD per hour but offer a different (more luxurious) experience.  The boats are usually much for comfortable to ride in and with bigger motors, can get you out to the deeper/better fishing spots faster where you can catch GIANT game fish. 

 No matter what your budget/appetite allows, a deep sea fishing tour from San Francisco, Mexico will surely add to the perfect vacation. There are also many deep sea fishing tours from Puerto Vallarta as well.

What species of fish can you catch?


Hard fighting and beautiful looking inshore species, can grow to well over 100 lbs. World record-114 lbs (Mexico).

Pargo (Big Cubera Snapper)

The pit bulls of the snapper family. Inshore and offshore- be ready for a fight, can grow to an astonishing 120 lbs. and more.

Pacific Sailfish

They get big (200+ lbs.) and put on a spectacular show or aerobatics and are found inshore and offshore


Brilliantly colored in blue, green, and yellow – stubborn acrobatic fighters and can grow to over 80 lbs


These speedsters can hit your bait doing over 50 mph! Hold on tight and don’t try to stop them! Can exceed 180 lbs. World record 187 lbs (Mexico).

Blue and Black Marlin

Big and majestic – these beauties grow to well over 1000 lbs and will pull off 600 yards of line in less than 60 seconds!

Giant Yellowfin Tuna

These waters regularly produce “cows” of over 300 lbs! “It’s like hooking a freight train so be prepared for an offshore tug-o-war!” Have a blast with schools of 60-120 lb. “schoolies” . World Record – 388lbs. (Mexico).

Broadbill Swordfish

These ocean gladiators are not specifically targeted but can be dragged in on occasion.