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El Matador Sportfishing

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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Sam H wrote a review Apr 2019
Wellington, Colorado17 contributions5 helpful votes
Fished with Manny and crew after an exhaustive review of the available charter options in PV. Made the right choice. He and crew are the real deal and accommodated a few last minute changes to our fishing plans to make sure the experience was a favorable one for all. Caught plenty of fish for a book of 7 anglers for a 12 hour booking with very little down time between action. They worked hard to get us on the fish and were realistic about our best options given the conditions etc. There was no fluff here. Will book with Manny again for an overnight trip to target the big game but first outing was right on the mark.
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Date of experience: April 2019
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Andrew M wrote a review Jan 2018
Elkhart, Iowa46 contributions10 helpful votes
My friend and I booked a 2-day/2-night fishing charter on El Matador targeting yellowfin tuna. We boated 21 YFT most were caught on surface poppers! What a rush! Captain Manny Ocaranza did an exceptional job finding fish and putting us on them. All Manny's fishing equipment is top quality spooled with fresh line and leaders. He has a fantastic selection of lures and was stocked with plenty of live bait. Deck hand William (Guillermo) assisted in every task and made the trip a real pleasure. William is also a fantastic chef - our charter included meals and everything was nothing short of fresh and delicious. The boat El Matador is in great condition, spotlessly clean and equipped with fantastic electronics. We had a trip of a lifetime. Manny and William are the real deal. They are very serious fishermen and work hard to succeed. They are also very personable and a great time. I highly recommend this charter.
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Date of experience: January 2018
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rachelleandglenn wrote a review Nov 2017
Lisbon, Portugal38 contributions20 helpful votes
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I’ve been out with manny a few times before and wanted to show my buddy Lew what a great boat el matador is to fish on One black marlin, a big cubera and some other bottomfish for ceviche later I can say Lew was definitely impressed Great crew Top notch gear No other boat I want to fish on in pv Hope to see you soon manny !
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Date of experience: December 2016
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Dave M wrote a review Aug 2017
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We had a fantastic day on the El Matador with Capt Manny and crew. I highly recommend this charter. The El Matador is a fishing machine with comforts of home. AC in the cabin and good food and drink. We caught a Blue Marlin, 3 Sailfish, 5 Yellowfin Tuna, and saw several sea turtles and thousands of spinner dolphins. Everyone was sore from fighting fish. The weather and fish gods smiled on us this day, plus Capt Manny and crew are darn good at finding fish!
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Date of experience: August 2017
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Danvet82 wrote a review Nov 2016
Dodge City, Kansas3 contributions
My buddy and I took a 12 hour fishing trip with Manny and crew. Completely professional experience. These guys love to fish, it's very easy to tell. They worked their butts off for us. We experienced all types of fishing. Live bait casting, kites with live bait, bird/surface activity spotting and trolling. We ended up catching 3 very nice dorado and my buddy fought a 200# yellowfin for over an hour but sadly it broke off. The crew cleaned and fileted our catch and recommended where we could take it for cooking. The folks at El Barracuda worked with us and prepared the fish 4 different ways and it was delicious. With the leftovers, we had fish and scramble eggs for breakfast the next morning and my wife usually doesn't care for fish No doubt, we recommend this crew and will be returning to PV to fish with them again.
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Date of experience: November 2016
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