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Rock Fishing From Shore In Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Ryan Collins

Here in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, there is a 100 yard rock outcropping from which I can cast poppers into depths of more than 100 feet of turqoise water.

Being able to cast lures into water that deep is a really unique opportunity. For example on Cape Cod, most of the time when fishing from shore, I am casting lures into water of less than 10 feet.

There is no telling what species of fish one might encounter when fishing a spot surrounded by such deep water! In fact we caught mani mahi while fishing in a boat not far offshore from where this rock outcropping is located. 

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The video below was filmed during my first trip at this spot. In the video I am casting a Tactical Angler Bomb Popper when a hard fighting jack crevalle smashed it right on the surface!

Please click play below to watch.

Video timestamps:

0:10 - walking out to the spot
3:25 - underwater footage of fish at similar rocky outcroppings
5:06 - talking about the lure, ANGLR etc.
6:02 - hooked up!
7:48 - trying to land the fish
9:05 - the release

Equipment used in this video:

Van Staal VR175
Tsunami 8' 6" three piece travel rod
50lb Power Pro braid
50lb Seagur Blue Label Fluorocarbon
Tactical Angler Bomb Popper yellow 2 ounce 

View The Spot On Google Earth

Click the button below to access a map with the exact marking of where in Mexico this rocky outcropping is located.

I’m fortunate to have grown up on the beach, and I’ve been fishing since kindergarten. I have great family, friends and fishing experiences to be thankful for. Just being out there is enough-catching fish is just a bonus!

  1. Beautiful location.

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    1. It definitely is. I think you and Kathy would enjoy it here!

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  2. I’d like to hear more about the fishing ap if it works out!

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    1. The ANGLR app is very cool. It’s like a traditional fishing log but on steroids.

      Here’s a link where you can learn more and download the app for free https://anglr.com/

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  3. Super! Oh to be 30 something and agile again! Beautiful spot! great fish! Great footage! Way to go Ryan!

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    1. Thanks Leslie! Lots of fun!

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  4. nice man! is there any logic to jigging deeper in that water column with a ron z or similar?

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    1. I went back to the spot and tried casting way out and letting a metal Daddy Mac jig fall through the column. Surprisingly I got skunked!

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      1. maybe too much water to stand out… in which case flailing bait on the surface sort of makes sense.

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  5. Nice footage Ryan. Looks like you are finding many varied types of fishing opportunities that are certainly being enjoyed back home. What’s next, spear fishing?

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    1. Spear fishing could be worth a try! I actually bumped into a young guy on the beach a few days ago who spear fishes here for snappers, rooster fish and whatever else swims by.

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      1. I can only imagine as I dust off the hard water gear, the kind of damage you could do with a SOT kayak there. Vallarta sleigh ride with a fifty pound grouper. Sounds like a good time to me.

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        1. Yep, absolutely. If I had my Hobie kayak with me then I could easily be trolling for mahi, sail fish and even marlin within just a mile or so of the beach. Light winds, flat calm seas and lots of pelagic species holding very close to shore would make it possible!

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