In Vallarta, what to fish for goes from the blue and black marlin to the red snapper. All theVallarta fish species are great sport, such as the blue marlin, black marlin, striped marlin and sailfish, which are characteristic fish species in Puerto Vallarta. They are, however, endangered species. With these fish, the ''catch and release'' is an obligatory practice among fishermen, meaning to catch the fish, weigh it, measure it, take a picture of it and finally, return it to the sea. If this procedure is done carefully the fish has wide possibilities of surviving.
Other types of fish you can find on your trip to Vallarta can also include snapper, snook, sawfish, bull fish, roosterfish, tuna and wahoo.
If the fish is edible, you can take it with you, though there is a limited number of fish that you can take for your own consumption. Your guide is the one who can tell you which ones are good eating and how many you can take. At the marina, the fish can be filleted and most hotels will happily prepare your fish to your liking.