PV vs long range

maurice escobedo

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Ok folks, so I
Trying to plan a trip and I’m stuck between a Puerto Vallarta or a 6 day trip out of San Diego.
Which trip would y’all do and why?
I’ve since moved north and San Diego isn’t as accessible to me as it one was and I’m finding I need to do less often longer trips.
So I’m just trying to figure out what trip I want to do this year.
Help????
 

afraser

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For that short of a trip, take the PV trip. However, there are fly/fly trips that leave out of cabo after 3 days of traveling from/to SD. You can either ship your stuff to the landing and have them load it or bring it to Cabo if you don't have much.
 

swami 805

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If big yellowfin is what you're looking for PV. Relaxing fishing vacation on the water 6 day.
 
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A SD 6 day won’t put you on big fish other than BFT if they’re around or a fall Guadalupe trip. I’ve gotten cows on my last two 3 1/2 day trips from PV.
 
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SSUfish

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Kind of apples and oranges. The pic in my avatar is of the first PV fish I caught, and since have had many more including a cow, a blue marlin, dorados, threshers and misc other fun fish. My thoughts based on a handful of trips down to PV:

PV pros:

- Fly in with a backpack and cash, that's all you need
- Less people fishing with you and the boats provide all gear
- Fall asleep on the first night with the chance to catch a cow the next morning
- The experience. Tacos outside of the airport, taxi rides, tigers, all inclusive should you want to stay longer.

PV Cons:

- Boats are great, but not SD long range style. No 2 person staterooms, not many showers, food is not as "high end" as you've come to expect on a 5+ day trip.
- Shipping fish back - the quality is pretty good with chamber sealers/vacuum packers, but you're limited to 50lb bags and have to pay for shipping on each (quick tip, fly Alaska airlines and the day of departure check to see if you can upgrade to first class - typically it's only $25-$50, so worth it).
- Time. Now this is debatable because some prefer to get in/get out with the chance at a lifetime fish, others prefer the vacation and multiple opportunities to catch a variety.

All in all, I think it depends on your available time and money. PV is essentially $1k/day when all is said and done (flight, taxi's, trip, fish stuff like tackle or fillet, trip cost, tip, jackpot, misc amount) - so a 2.5 day will run about $2k-2.5k. A 5 day will essentially be the same if not more.

I would recommend PV at least once if you haven't been; it's kind of addicting. Whatever you choose, have fun and post up a report.
 
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esgeo

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Great info, thanks for sharing your insights.
Kind of apples and oranges. The pic in my avatar is of the first PV fish I caught, and since have had many more including a cow, a blue marlin, dorados, threshers and misc other fun fish. My thoughts based on a handful of trips down to PV:

PV pros:

- Fly in with a backpack and cash, that's all you need
- Less people fishing with you and the boats provide all gear
- Fall asleep on the first night with the chance to catch a cow the next morning
- The experience. Tacos outside of the airport, taxi rides, tigers, all inclusive should you want to stay longer.

PV Cons:

- Boats are great, but not SD long range style. No 2 person staterooms, not many showers, food is not as "high end" as you've come to expect on a 5+ day trip.
- Shipping fish back - the quality is pretty good with chamber sealers/vacuum packers, but you're limited to 50lb bags and have to pay for shipping on each (quick tip, fly Alaska airlines and the day of departure check to see if you can upgrade to first class - typically it's only $25-$50, so worth it).
- Time. Now this is debatable because some prefer to get in/get out with the chance at a lifetime fish, others prefer the vacation and multiple opportunities to catch a variety.

All in all, I think it depends on your available time and money. PV is essentially $1k/day when all is said and done (flight, taxi's, trip, fish stuff like tackle or fillet, trip cost, tip, jackpot, misc amount) - so a 2.5 day will run about $2k-2.5k. A 5 day will essentially be the same if not more.

I would recommend PV at least once if you haven't been; it's kind of addicting. Whatever you choose, have fun and post up a report.
 
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MATTANZA

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I used to like lr tuna fishing , but once I went to pv , I was ruined. first trip , within 3 hours I boat a 238, in a stand up harness , and no rails. my best trip i got 4 cow tuna , 2 40-50lb dorado all in one day on the dhamar with capt Danny Gomez. { I missed my chance at a grander marlin. had to cancel , but they went out anyways,and got 1000+ back.}. Danny is one of the best skippers i've ever met. the best thing about pv vs lr{{ besides the world class tuna , and marlin fishing},it's cheap , and you don't have to be stuck on a boat. there's all kinds cool and fun stuff to do, great food, and the people are nice and friendly. been fishing there since 2005 { when I quit lr fishing} ,
 

maurice escobedo

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Kind of apples and oranges. The pic in my avatar is of the first PV fish I caught, and since have had many more including a cow, a blue marlin, dorados, threshers and misc other fun fish. My thoughts based on a handful of trips down to PV:

PV pros:

- Fly in with a backpack and cash, that's all you need
- Less people fishing with you and the boats provide all gear
- Fall asleep on the first night with the chance to catch a cow the next morning
- The experience. Tacos outside of the airport, taxi rides, tigers, all inclusive should you want to stay longer.

PV Cons:

- Boats are great, but not SD long range style. No 2 person staterooms, not many showers, food is not as "high end" as you've come to expect on a 5+ day trip.
- Shipping fish back - the quality is pretty good with chamber sealers/vacuum packers, but you're limited to 50lb bags and have to pay for shipping on each (quick tip, fly Alaska airlines and the day of departure check to see if you can upgrade to first class - typically it's only $25-$50, so worth it).
- Time. Now this is debatable because some prefer to get in/get out with the chance at a lifetime fish, others prefer the vacation and multiple opportunities to catch a variety.

All in all, I think it depends on your available time and money. PV is essentially $1k/day when all is said and done (flight, taxi's, trip, fish stuff like tackle or fillet, trip cost, tip, jackpot, misc amount) - so a 2.5 day will run about $2k-2.5k. A 5 day will essentially be the same if not more.

I would recommend PV at least once if you haven't been; it's kind of addicting. Whatever you choose, have fun and post up a report.
Thank you. That’s the exact advice I’ve been looking for.
 

maurice escobedo

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I used to like lr tuna fishing , but once I went to pv , I was ruined. first trip , within 3 hours I boat a 238, in a stand up harness , and no rails. my best trip i got 4 cow tuna , 2 40-50lb dorado all in one day on the dhamar with capt Danny Gomez. { I missed my chance at a grander marlin. had to cancel , but they went out anyways,and got 1000+ back.}. Danny is one of the best skippers i've ever met. the best thing about pv vs lr{{ besides the world class tuna , and marlin fishing},it's cheap , and you don't have to be stuck on a boat. there's all kinds cool and fun stuff to do, great food, and the people are nice and friendly. been fishing there since 2005 { when I quit lr fishing} ,
Happen to have any contact info for Danny?
Thanks for tour input.
 

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I have done both have done PV several times caught lots of fish done both cruisers and the larger vessels like the Apollo and Constitution/Maximus.....but without going into details and turning this into a pissing contest I much prefer the San Diego long range experience...... my last experience was worse than the first ....and the first we had to spend 5 hours at the prison Island...just suffice it to say I will not be doing the PV thing again....yep I caught plenty of cows each trip to PV IMO just not as enjoyable for me.....and as stated you will pay about a grand a day or more depending on your airline and hotel accommodations.

Different stokes.... some people like quickies and don't have the time to go on a 15 day. Myself I love having a two week vacation on the water with my friends and no hidden costs or surprises JMO...