El Banco

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El Banco (El Bajo)

El Banco / The Banks is one of the premier fishing sites in the Banderas Bay area. Located approximately 50 miles northwest of Marina Vallarta/ El Banco is an area where the structure of the sea floor meets the surface and it lies in the migratory path of the Yellowfin Tuna. The trip to ElBanco is about two hours but many anglers say it is well worth the trip as here you will find a variety of world class trophy level fish. Not just tuna, El Banco is also home to Blue and Black Marlin in the 400 pound range and some claim the range is up to 1000 pounds. Perhaps one of these big ones will be yours for the taking. These are not the only large variety fish in the El Banco area - you will also find Dorado, Sailfish, Wahoo, Jack Crevalle, Snapper and more. If you are looking for a challenge, a trophy, bragging rights a chance to bring in the catch of a lifetime then El Banco is a spot not to miss.

Sport Fish Commonly Targeted At El Banco

Black Marlin at El Banco
Black Marlin
Blue Marlin at El Banco
Blue Marlin
Striped Marlin at El Banco
Striped Marlin



Skipjack Tuna

Yellowfin Tuna
Wahoo at El Banco

Other Game Fish Of El Banco


Dog-tooth Snapper


Golden Trevally

Other Fishing Sites

Boats & Charters

Banderas Bay Fishing

Discover Puerto Vallarta fishing in Banderas Bay with the best boats, Captains and crew's!


Where To Stay

Hotels, Resorts & Rentals

You'll find many options for accommodations in Marina Vallarta and all will be close to the water, shopping and dining options. The size of hotels ranges from small boutique hotels to large well known names like the Marriott or Westin and many other options in between. There are also many vacation homes available for rent - condominiums, homes and luxury villas. Whether you are travelling alone or with a large group, there are options to meet your every need.


Where To Eat & Drink

Restaurants, Cafes, Bars, etc

The options in Marina Vallarta are impressive. The variety of cuisine is excellent and the types of restaurants cafes and bars offer a wide range of options. From casual to fine dining, you are sure to find a favorite place or 2 in the area. Come often to try them all.


Where To Shop

Shops & Boutiques

If you love to shop - Marina Vallarta should be high on your list of places to see. With its proximity to luxury residences you will find a plethora of design and home decor related shops complimented by art galleries. They don't stop with the home, you'll also find shops and boutiques with unique clothing, jewelry and accessories for you.