Fishing the Riviera Maya: Cancún, Cozumel, & Playa del Carmen
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So you chose the Mexican Caribbean as the next item on your angling bucket list. Good for you! With countless species and techniques to explore, fishing the Riviera Maya will put you smack in the middle of one of the most prolific angling destinations on the planet. Couple that with dream-like natural beauty and year-round pleasant weather, and you’ll see why this place is hailed as a bonafide angler’s paradise.

Fishing boats on the coast of the riviera Maya

Each year, thousands of hopeful anglers flock to the Riviera Maya to catch the fish of their life. Beginners, experts, fly fishers, and big game hunters, all of them come in search of the big one. Many leave the Yucatán with dreams fulfilled, and with tales to tell. What is it that makes this strip of land so special?

Two Faces: One Incredible Fishery

Perched on the lush Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico, the Riviera Maya is a 150-mile stretch of coastline looking out into the mesmerizing, blue Caribbean. Spreading from Cancún in the north, to Punta Allen in the south, the Riviera is dotted with a mixture of tourist resorts, charming villages, and ancient citadels. Over the years, some of these places have become renowned for various types of fishing.

a day's catch: a variety of fish laid out in front on a fishing boat in Cancun, Mexico
Few places can produce a catch like this one.

Starting your coastal journey from the northeastern tip of the peninsula, you’ll see a number of bustling resort towns. Nestled between swaying palm trees and picturesque white beaches, these locales are bound to provide you with all the creature comforts you need. Out in the water, however, you’re going to need to fight for your prize. 

Contrasting the touristically developed north, the southern Riviera Maya is a quieter part of the coast. With ancient ruins jutting out silently from the jungle, this part of the coast seems a world away from the luxury resort towns of the north. And while the mainland might be a serene place, the waters are as lively and vibrant as it gets.

Overlooking it all is the wildly beautiful island of Cozumel. A perfect blend of old and new, the island is the ideal launching point for deep water expeditions. And while technically not part of the Riviera proper, Cozumel is a place every angler sees as a key part of the local fishing scene.

Before we dive into all the angling opportunities these locales offer, let’s have a quick run-down of the fishing regulations in Riviera Maya.

Fishing Regulations in Riviera Maya

Unless you’re fishing from land, you’ll need a fishing license in Riviera Maya.

If you want to fish with a local captain, you should know that most fishing charters in Riviera Maya cover the licensing for you, and simply include it in the overall price. However, you should still check with your captain to make sure that they’ve taken care of the licensing. Otherwise, you can easily get a permit online.

As far as cost goes, the license will set you back about US$8.40 for a day of fishing. A weekly license is $21, whereas the monthly and yearly permits are $31 and $42, respectively.

Fishing from land, on the other hand, doesn’t require a permit. Keep in mind, however, that you’ll need to fish at least 250 meters away from swimmers.

Each angler can only have one line in the water at a time. Of course, there aren’t any restrictions regarding the bait and tackle. If you’re bottom fishing, you can use up to four hooks on a single vertical line at a time.

Riviera Maya Bag Limits

Your daily bag limit is 10 fish per person, but there’s a catch. You can bag no more than five specimens of a single species, and only one sample of Marlin, Sailfish, and Swordfish per day, which counts as half of your daily limit.

anglers holding a Sailfish on a fishing boat
Sailfish are mostly a catch-and-release species in Mexico.

Similarly, you can keep two Dorado, Tarpon, Shad, or Roosterfish on a single day, amounting to half of the said 10-fish requirement. Basically, this means that one Marlin and two Dorados, or one Sailfish and one Swordfish, would count as your actual catch limit on any given day.

Of course, you can practice catch and release even after you reach your bag limit. Keep in mind that, regardless of these rules, many captains do practice a strict “catch and release” policy for all Billfish.

Riviera Maya Fishing Calendar

With that out of the way, let’s take a look at the fishing spots Riviera Maya has to offer. The most notable fishing towns in the area include Cancún, Playa Del Carmen, Cozumel, and Tulum. As we explore each of these places, we’re going to give you a number of practical tips on what to catch and where, and more.

Fishing seasons calendar for Riviera Maya, Cancun, Cozumel and Playa del Carmen
Fishing seasons calendar for Riviera Maya, Cancún, Cozumel, and Playa del Carmen.

Fishing in Cancún: Party On

Obviously, a place like Cancún doesn’t need much of an introduction. This is one of the most popular tourist destinations in all of the Caribbean. Seriously, Puerto Rico and the Bahamas can seem like quiet vacation alternatives by comparison. But does Cancún have what it takes to make the best of the world’s anglers happy as well? 

anglers pulling a Sailfish onboard near Cancun, Mexico
We’ll let this picture answer that question.

Located at the northeastern tip of the Yucatán Peninsula, Cancún gives entrance to a key migratory route for the world’s most exciting pelagic fish. If you thought the town was packed with action, wait until you get on the water.

Types of Fishing in Cancun

Inshore Fishing

Inshore, there’s a host of lagoons and inlets you can explore. Places like Isla Mujeres and Isla Blanca are famous for their fly fishing opportunities. Depending on the season, you can catch anything from Bonefish and Permit to Snook and Tarpon. Land all of these on the same day, and you’ll achieve the coveted Inshore Grand Slam!

Reef Fishing

A little further out, the fishing takes on a whole other dimension. The Caribbean reef all-stars are all here for the taking. Mahi Mahi, Kingfish, Spanish Mackerel, and Wahoo are all present in good numbers. The best time to catch these bad boys is usually between May and August.

angler holding a barracuda

Offshore Fishing

And then there’s the true offshore fishing. Somewhere between 15 and 35 miles from the coast, you’ll find plenty of trolling and bottom fishing opportunities. If you like catching Billfish, you’ll have your hands full with the likes of Blue and White Marlin, as well as Sailfish. The Billfish season in Cancun usually starts mid-March, and runs through August. 

Shore Fishing

But perhaps you don’t want to spend a lot of money to fish for a fish you can’t keep. There are a bunch of productive fishing spots along the shores of Cancún. One place you should definitely check out is the hotel zone, and the Nichupte lagoon. These waters are teeming with fish pretty much throughout the year. During the winter, spots like Isla Bonita will give you a great chance of catching Tarpon and Snook. 

an aerial view of Nichupte Lagoon in Cancun, Mexico

A few miles to the south, Punta Nizuc is another productive fishing spot. You’ll have a good chance of catching Bonefish here. However, the area is a lot busier compared to Isla Bonita, so keep an eye out for any swimmers in the water.

Fishing in Playa del Carmen: The Golden Middle

This past decade marked the rapid transformation of Playa del Carmen from a sleepy fishing community to one of the top Mexican tourist destinations south of Cancún. The city is now a unique blend of ancient Mayan heritage and a bustling international residential population. The tropical paradise vibe is only an added bonus. 

You’ll be happy to learn that Playa has been geographically blessed with ripe angling conditions in two major ways. For one, the jungle island of Cozumel stands just 10 miles from the shores of Playa. The channel formed between the coast and the island creates what science refers to as a giant game fish superhighway (patent pending).

Second, the entire area is basically situated on the very edge of one large underwater valley. This means that, just a few hundred feet from the coast, the ocean floor suddenly and substantially plummets. For you, that spells offshore fishing as close to the coast as you’ve ever had it.

And we’ve only just started with the good news.

The Billfish

During spring and summer, Sailfish and Marlin regularly migrate through the underwater channel off of Playa. From March through July, fishing for Billfish really takes off, making a Billfish Grand Slam a real possibility. For you newbies out there, that means catching three different species of Billfish in a single day.

a bird's eye view of an angler and guide posing with a Sailfish they just caught

Although these are undoubtedly the best times to go after Billfish in Playa, keep in mind that most captains claim that there is a non-migratory, resident population of Sailfish in the area. According to the local guides, you can even spot a Blue Marlin on any day of the year.

The first week of May is considered the Grand Slam week around here. Early May is the very peak of the season, so if you don’t mind the crowds, this is the time to wet a line. Most charter boats require you release any Billfish you catch. However, there are several taxidermists in the area, should you decide you want a replica of your catch. 

The Reef Fish

If you’re more of a hedonist than a Billfish hunter, Playa has an assortment of smaller fish to offer as well. Mahi, Barracuda, and Wahoo swim just a few miles off the coast. There’s a healthy number of Snapper, Grouper, Jack Crevalle, and Kingfish around, too. The best part is, most of these fish are willing to hit your bait year-round. 

Cancun fishing: A smiling angler holding a big Dorado

Oh, but that’s not all. All of these fish have one thing in common: they taste amazing. There’s no better way to round up a good day of Playa fishing than to bring your catch to a local restaurant. Most restaurants in Playa will gladly serve your catch to you. 

The service runs for around eight bucks, along with a side dish of the best that the local cuisine has to offer. One thing you need to have in mind is that preparing and filleting fish right there on the charter boat is not allowed.

Types of Fishing in Playa Del Carmen

Although jigging is not a traditional technique in Mexico, you can still find good jigging opportunities in Playa. In recent years, a couple of jigging tournaments have started running, aimed at promoting this type of fishing. 

Seeing as jigging is only starting to gain popularity in the area, bringing your own gear would be a good idea. The best time to wet your jigs is between October and March. This is money time for big Amberjacks, as well as Kingfish, and even Blackfin Tuna.

Playa for the Fly Angler

As far as fly fishing and light tackle action go, Playa del Carmen isn’t exactly flat abundant. Beaches packed with swimmers and bustling coastline resorts limit opportunities for good fly angling. If you’re set on fly fishing however, your best bet is finding a charter willing to take you a bit further to the south. 

Finally, beach fishing is a possibility, although most recommend you err on the side of caution and take a 20-minute walk south of the hotel zone. This is where you’ll find a few more remote beaches. Most hotel owners will be quick to shoo you away as soon as the first beachgoers arrive.

Fishing in Cozumel: A Marine Treasure Trove

Located east of the shores of Playa del Carmen and staring back at the Yucatán Peninsula, Cozumel stands as Mexico’s largest Caribbean island. Nestled amidst the largest reef system in the Americas, this island is teeming with all manner of marine life.

a view of a submerged sea turtle and the beach of Cozumel in the background, Mexico
A fish and a turtle hanging out around Cozumel island.

Almost the entire annual income of Cozumel comes from tourism, primarily diving and charter fishing. The area is rich in coral formations, making it an ideal feeding ground for a large number of fish species.

Types of Fishing in Cozumel

Similar to Playa, there are no lengthy travel times to your fishing destination. Thanks to the unique geography of the area, you could be hooking Billfish within just half an hour of the dock!

As far as offshore fishing is concerned, the fish selection and the peak seasons mostly mirror Playa del Carmen. However, there are exciting and unique opportunities for those of you looking to spend a day wading in the flats.

Trolling is understandably super popular, with Sailfish and Marlin acting as the primary targets, usually followed by Wahoo, Tuna, and Mahi Mahi. Bottom fishing offers good numbers of Grouper, Snappers, Triggerfish, Amberjack, as well as various reef fish that populate the area.

a smiling angler holding a triggerfish on a fishing boat in riviera maya

Drifting at the reefs will get you close to Mutton and Yellowtail Snapper as well as Strawberry Grouper and Amberjack. The fighting abilities of these fish are only paralleled by their sublime taste.

Cozumel for the Fly Angler

Hard as it is to believe, that’s not the best of what Cozumel has to offer. Fly fishing in the island’s northern flats is one of the best experiences in all of the Caribbean. The three spacious lagoons are home to a yearly supply of Bonefish. 

If you time your visit correctly, you can also expect to find these shallow waters teeming with Permit and Tarpon. You know what that means, right? The coveted fly fishing Grand Slam. If that’s not enough, there will be Snapper, Triggerfish, and even baby Snook to try your skills against.

One thing you should definitely keep in mind when fishing in Cozumel are the local regulations. A good part of Cozumel is actually a protected National Park, and that includes the coral reefs surrounding the island. The government recently announced restrictions on recreational water activities to the south of Cozumel, so make sure you’re fishing in legal waters.

Fishing in Tulum: Riviera’s Hidden Gem

Moving down the coastline and away from Cozumel and Playa, the landscape shifts into an untamed, but more tranquil one. Tulum might be just 60 miles away from Playa Del Carmen, but in reality, this place is a whole other world. 

a view of the ancient ruins of Tulum, with the Mexican Caribbean in the background

The town is famous for its towering Mayan citadels, a series of 13th-century forts that gaze out into the open ocean. 

Tulum might be a quiet place compared to its northern neighbors, but you certainly wouldn’t know it by its waters. There’s an astounding variety of fish to see in these parts. The best part is, you’ll have no crowds or anglers to contend with, so you’ll pretty much have all this bounty for yourself.

It won’t take you long to see why fishing in Tulum is different from the rest of the Riviera Maya. The entire area is lined with pristine lagoons and unblemished reefs. Seriously, this is like one giant fantasy park for anglers.

Types of Fishing in Tulum

According to many local guides, the best way to experience this beauty up close is to go on a spearfishing trip. 

This way, you’ll not only get to see all the beautiful marine life around you, but you’ll also be going head-to-head with some of the Caribbean’s most exciting game fish. Not to mention that this is one of the most eco-friendly ways to catch fish.

angler walking on a beach, carrying a mahi mahi on his back

If you’d prefer to fish from a boat, there’s plenty of reef fish you can go for. Snapper, Grouper, Triggerfish, Hogfish – you name it, it’s here. There are plenty of bottom fishing guides in the area. Of course, trolling for big game pelagics is as good as in any part of the Riviera Maya.

Tulum for the Fly Angler

Still, if there’s one thing anglers love about this part of the coast, it’s got to be its fly fishing scene

Following the coastal flats and lagoons will allow you to experience inshore action that’s pretty much unrivaled in the Caribbean. And that’s saying a lot. The waters of Ascension Bay are home to an ungodly number of fish you can catch on the fly. 

Feisty Tarpon and Permit, elusive Bonefish, and giant, 40-pound Snook all swim in these waters. Nowhere else on the planet are you this close to achieving the fly angler’s Super Slam. 

a Bonefish

Can’t get enough of fly fishing? How about an offshore fly fishing trip? This is where you’ll be battling the likes of Marlin, Sailfish, and Wahoo, armed only with a fly fishing or light tackle rod. Now that’s bound to make for a story back home.

You know how we said that this part of the Riviera is quieter compared to the north? While this may be true, it doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to find your dose of creature comforts in these parts. The Ascension Bay coastline is dotted with beachfront fishing lodges offering everything you need after a full day of reeling.

A Fishing Hotspot for Every Angler

Most good fishing destinations “specialize” in one kind of angling. The great places excel in as many as two, sometimes even three. But when you find a place that offers pretty much every form of angling known to man, you know that you’re talking about one special place. Riviera Maya is one of those places.

Got questions about fishing the Riviera Maya?

Don’t know which rod to bring or where to fish for Tarpon in Riviera Maya? Feel free to ask! We’ve got a few local captains who will be glad to help you out.

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Comments (189)
  • Ray

    Feb 6, 2014

    I am planning to get my two boys (9 and 12) excited in fishing and our holiday in Playa is the best time. Could you advise on what type of fishing would be the best for this?
    I would like to try trolling for a big game but not that sure it would suit the boys.
    Cheers.

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      ryan

      Jul 24, 2016

      My husband will be coming to me mexico in beginning of December we be staying
      At el dorado royal spa resort by karisma were would the best place e for him to of shore fish and he would also want to fish from a boat can u recommended a captain
      Thank u

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      Cat

      Jul 25, 2016

      Hey! 🙂 Sounds like you’re planning a great trip. Here is a very popular charter close to your resort that we would highly recommend: https://fishingbooker.com/charters/view/350. They offer anything from half day to full day trips and can arrange trolling or bottom fishing, depending on what you would rather do.

      The beaches around your resort should have some nice shore fishing spots: the best thing to do is just ask the staff when you get there for some excellent local advice.

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      Big Z

      Aug 4, 2016

      I will be in Cancun at the Moon Palace in October. I am an avid angler and would love to catch a few of the salty beasts in the area. Any suggestions?

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      Cat

      Aug 4, 2016

      H Big Z 🙂

      I’d suggest you take a look at Galileo – this is one of our most popular boats in the area, and it’s highly rated by its customers (the captain is not only a professional angler, but also a trained chef!). Otherwise, take a look at Don Quino – Capt. Abraham really knows his stuff. Have an amazing trip!

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  • admin

    Feb 6, 2014

    Hi Ray,

    Thanks for your comment. Probably not good to start with big game as they might get hesitant to swim when they see what’s coming out of the water 🙂

    Our advice – take them shore fishing from the beach a few times before chartering a boat. You can probably get small snapper from the beach which should get them interested and accustomed to rods, reels, fish etc. If they’re still keen on fishing after a few sessions at the beach, then you can think about chartering a boat. Just make sure it has an enclosed air-conditioned cabin and toilet. Small children and panga boats don’t play well!

    When you’re ready to charter a boat check out the link below:
    https://fishingbooker.com/index.php/charters/search/mx?search_location=playa-del-carmen

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      Ray

      Feb 7, 2014

      Thanks for the info. Yeap, I haven’t thought it might be frightening for them. I’ll do shore fishing first. One last thing 🙂 How much in advance should I book the trip? I see that all of your charters have a free cancellation, is there any conditions except the date?

      Thanks

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  • Richard

    Feb 7, 2014

    Is shark fishing allowed in Mexico? I tried researching online, but it seems there have been lots of alterations to the rules regarding shark fishing lately and I couldn’t find any conclusive results…

    Thanks

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      Dino

      Feb 13, 2014

      Hi Richard,

      Sharks tend to reproduce slower than most species, making them much more susceptible to overfishing. This combined with the fact that their population is dwindling worldwide led to Mexico imposing a moratorium on shark fishing in the recent years. The ban primarily focuses on great whites, but all sharks and rays are released. Still, plenty of species left to choose from 🙂

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  • Steven

    Feb 11, 2014

    I always wanted to go fish for a Marlin or Sailfish. What are the chances for catching one in July in Cozumel? Will two day trip increase my chances and how much?

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      Dino

      Feb 13, 2014

      Hey Steven,

      You couldn’t pick a better time for billfishing in Cozumel if you wanted to: the peak season for Marlin and Sailfish is March to July! As far as booking a charter for two days, it would certainly increase your chances, although it’s far from impossible to catch a Marlin in a single day around here. The population count is pretty impressive.

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      Steven

      Feb 17, 2014

      Thanks for an advice, it sure sounds promising. Could you suggest a suitable charter? There will be just 3 of us, and we all are new to a deep sea fishing.

      Thanks

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      Shawn

      Jan 22, 2015

      I am headed to Cancun in the middle of February and will most likely have to do a shared trip. Not happy about that, but the budget is tight. Do you know what they will be catching and any charter recommendations?

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      Dino

      Jan 23, 2015

      Hi Shawn,

      Unfortunately, I don’t really know of many charters running shared fishing trips in Cancun, since most captains that we communicate with almost exclusively offer private charters. I think your best bet would be asking for captain and boat suggestions at your resort or trying your luck at the marina, although shared trips do tend to be pretty difficult to organize on a short notice. As far as fishing, February marks the early start of deep sea season in Cancun with Mackerel, Tuna, Wahoo and Barracuda already productive, while Billfish and Dorado are slowly beginning to migrate to the area. Let me know if you happen to land one 🙂

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  • Matt

    Feb 27, 2014

    I’m headed to Cozumel the second week in May. I’m going with a group of guys who are hard core fishers. Were looking for a recommendation for the best captain and best charter to book through for guys who take their fishing serious. Mostly looking to hook up with billfish, Dolphin, and Tuna.

    Thanks,

    Matt

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      Vukan

      Feb 27, 2014

      Hi Matt,

      May is actually prime Marlin / Sailfish and Dolphin season, but not so good for Tuna.

      How many days of fishing do you plan on doing and how many people? The best charters in your area normally depart from Cozumel (La Casa del Marlin) or Puerto Aventuras (Captain Rick’s). They have the best prices and a wide array of vessels depending on your requirements, since the sportfishing industry is very competitive. Most of the captains are Mexicans and the good ones are part of bigger operators that specialize just in fishing (not sightseeing / cruising etc).

      From Cozumel:
      La Casa del Marlin has 3 boats, 28-40ft depending on group size and budget. Full day trips are $475-$800.
      https://fishingbooker.com/index.php/charters/search/mx?search_location=cozumel

      From Puerto Aventuras (yes, they can pick you up in Cozumel):
      Captain Rick’s has over 14 boats in their fleet, ranging 23-48ft in size. Full day trips $525-$1050.
      https://fishingbooker.com/index.php/charters/search/mx?search_location=playa-del-carmen

      You

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      Matt

      Mar 2, 2014

      Can you tell me any more about Casa Del Marlin, why you recommend them over Albatros, are they better than Ricks.

      The group I’m fishing with is experienced fishing around the world. We are looking for a Tournament quality captain with the same in gear and a boat.

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      Vukan

      Mar 4, 2014

      Hi Matt. I’m not recommending Casa Del Marlin over Albatros or Rick’s, as I’ve personally never fished with any of them. However, we (FishingBooker) we have booked lots of trips with all three, and our customers so far have been happy.

      The problem with Cancun, Cozumel and Playa is that they’re very popular tourist destinations with a hugely competitive charter fishing market, so it’s very hard to find ‘living legend’ quality captains down there that are brands on their own. What I’ve given you are the largest charter services there which also care about their service quality.

      If you want a world class experience spinning / fly fishing, you might want to Google “Carlos Vega”, a famous fisherman from Cozumel that’s been fishing it’s waters since the sixties. He specializes mostly in light tackle and fly fishing though, but has a boutique operation in Cancun called “Aquarius Charters”.

      Sorry but no exact answer here if you’re looking for big game species.

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  • arran

    Apr 30, 2014

    Hi i am looking to fish for Marlin and sailfish when i am on holiday in June. I am staying in Playa del carmen and will be looking to do an 8 hour private boat trip. I can’t decide on whether to go for Captain Ricks or Cozumel charters. Do you have any suggestion as to which is better or are they much the same?

    Thanks.

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      Nemo

      Apr 30, 2014

      Hi Arran,

      Thanks for asking.
      The charter operators are pretty similar, if you like the simple solution I would recommend Captain Rick since he is docked 20 minutes away from Playa and has organized round trip from your hotel and back.

      On the other hand, I would always go for Cozumel myself especial if you want Sailfish since Cozumel is world know for its Sailfish spots and who knows those places better than local Cozumel charters.
      Be aware that charter operators from Cozumel will charge a pickup fee but I think its worth it 🙂

      Our Mexico specialist will send more details to you in an email.

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  • Kevin

    May 19, 2014

    Hi I’m staying in Rivera maya the last week of July into August. I will most likely be alone since my wife and daughter don’t like to fish. Is it possible to join up on another boat or just go out solo? Also any marlin that time of year? Thanks

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      Vukan

      May 23, 2014

      Thanks for the comment Kevin!

      Marlin in Jul/Aug: not the best time to get them to be honest, as Billfish are in peak there April – July. However, Tuna & Barracuda bite well in these months as well as Snapper / Grouper which can be targeted successfully year-round.

      Trip sharing: you’ll have a hard time booking a shared charter in advance, so my advice (which works for our clients 90% of the time) is to book a smaller boat on your own and get 1 or 2 people from your group to split the price with you. You get to choose a boat according to your requirements. If you fail to find somebody to split the price with, you can cancel your trip free of charge if you use our service. Most operators have a 3 days in advance Free Cancellation policy.

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  • Andrew

    Jun 11, 2014

    Hey there, I will be staying at paradisus playa del Carmen July 17-21. I’m going on a corporate retreat with a pretty large group and they have all these activities already planned but unfortunately for me, apparently whoever did the planning isn’t interested in fishing. I only will have one free day while there. I just want to go fishing to fulfill a life long dream. I will be alone and can’t charter a whole boat. Is there a way I could just rent some gear from someone and go do some shore fishing? Or maybe get on a charger as a fill in? Thanks

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      Vukan

      Jun 12, 2014

      Thanks for the comment Andrew 🙂

      Sorry to hear that your colleagues aren’t excited about fishing, but I’m sure we’ll be able to find you something! I can’t help much with shared charters as those are a nightmare to plan out due to frequent cancellations and low fishing quality. What I normally suggest to 1-2 angler teams is to charter a smaller boat like this one:

      https://fishingbooker.com/index.php/charters/view/627

      It will only cost you 220 USD for a 1/2 day with all tackle, bait & beer/soft drinks included. Considering this has been your lifelong dream an important factor is that on private charters you get to choose where you’re fishing and which species you’re going to target.

      If you want more details, call our customer service team: +1-888-341-4281 they plan trips similar to yours daily and will be glad to help you out with making yours an experience to remember!

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      Vukan

      Jun 12, 2014

      P.S. There’s also a company called PDC Fishing Snorkelling near to your hotel for 225 USD / half day:

      https://fishingbooker.com/index.php/charters/view/336

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  • Andrew

    Jun 14, 2014

    Thanks for the tip. I think I’ve found a fishing partner to split a boat with.

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  • Denise

    Jul 1, 2014

    Staying at iberostar parisio on mayan riv. My son is huge flyfisherman. Bringing his 10wt and some streamers and clousers. He cant afford a charter -what can he catch from beach/surf eArly mornings? Tx

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  • Denise

    Jul 1, 2014

    Staying at iberostar paraiso week july 5-12. Son bringing his 10wt flyrod and streamers. What can he expect to catch from beach early mornings/evenings? Thank you

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      Dino

      Jul 1, 2014

      Hi Denise,

      First things first- when beach fishing in Playa del Carmen, he should make sure to be at least 250 meters away from any swimmers or beachgoers. Although it can get a bit windy for surf casting, and the fish rarely rival charter catches in both size and diversity, there are still plenty of Barracuda and Jacks near the shore to keep him busy.

      There are, however, several low-cost charter options in Playa del Carmen if he really wants to make the most of his trip. Playa del Carmen Fishing Snorkelling offer 4-hour trips for up to 4 persons for as low as 250$. The vessel is equipped with all the necessary fly-fishing equipment, and the crew certainly harbors vast knowledge of the local waters. Either way, we’re counting on a hefty fishing report following his vacation 🙂

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  • Paul Martyna

    Jul 10, 2014

    G’Day,

    Heading to IBEROSTAR PARAISO LINDO Tue, 15 Jul 2014 for a family reunion. I have already packed a 9# flyrod and a bunch of mixed crazy charlies, clousers, crab, shrimp and squid patterns. Will I be able to do any flats casting within a walk of the resort?

    Is the 9 weight appropriate or should I consider bringing something in the 5-7range?

    The boys in the family are interested in doing a charter, though probably not flyfishing necessarily. Something where we could get into some light game dorado etc (where I might still sneak in a few fluff-chucks would probably be the go if that is possible. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    There would probably 5-7 of us interested in the charter.

    I will look into the PDC Fishing Snorkling as well to indulge my fluff-chucking.

    Thanks in advance for any advice.

    Kind Regards,

    Paul

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      Dino

      Jul 11, 2014

      Hi Paul,

      Thanks for the comment. We’ve actually contacted the Captain of PDC Fishing Snorkelling regarding your questions, and he was more than happy to answer all of them 🙂 Here we go:

      You will in fact be able to fly cast withing a walking distance from the resort. According to the Captain, your 9-weight will be more than enough for some nice-sized barracudas currently cruising the area.

      Mahi Mahis are peaking in Playa at the moment, so the boys are definitely in luck there. PDC Fishing Snorkelling can accommodate both their light tackle and your fly fishing preferences (they’ve got their own fly gear ready just in case as well). Their sturdy 29ft-er can take all of you guys for a spin.

      Regarding the dates, the Captain is still open on the 15th, although other dates may be an option as well. Since there’s really no telling how long before the dates get booked, I suggest checking the Captain’s profile here and securing the fishing trip date as soon as possible.

      If you have any more questions, let me know. Looking forward to your fluff-chucking report 🙂

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  • jonathan adams

    Jul 21, 2014

    hey guys have to say love the site gathered more info here about cancun fishing in ten minutes here then days on other sites im going to be in cancun in mid September with a group of well experienced fishermen looking to do 2 days of flats/lagoon fishing and a full day ocean are there any great ocean charters closer to cancun or would i not even want to fish that way(hoping for bill-fish) but tuna and grouper is perfectly fine with me and for the more important (to me) the light tackle fishing for tarpon and snook would i want to be in the lagoons or the flats or would i want to be more toward Cozumel and how different is the fishing in the lagoons then the flats, depth water clarity sight fishing etc sorry for all the questions and bad grammar lol thanks in advance

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      Dino

      Aug 5, 2014

      Hi Jonathan,

      Not a problem, we’re here to help 🙂 How many of you will be going deep sea fishing? If it’s the standard group of between 4 and 6 anglers, I’d recommend looking into Don Quino or Comocean – both sturdy and sizable vessels, both of them giving you guys enough room for carefree casting. Sorry to disappoint, but September is usually considered the off-season as far as billfishing is concerned-August is pretty much the last train for Marlinville. That being said, how about going after some Tuna, Wahoo, Barracuda, Bonito or Mackerel? All still in full flight in September.

      Cozumel definitely gets better PR as a Fly Fishing haven compared to Cancun, but the northern competitor knows how to pack a wallup too. Both are excellent areas for Permit (not a peak season for Permit in either location, but decent action nonetheless) Tarpon and Bonefish (somewhat more present cruising the northern Cozumel lagoons in September). If you’re looking for a prime fly fishing experience and don’t mind taking a short road trip with the guys, consider Isla Blanca and Ascension Bay as your possible end destinations too.

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  • Scott

    Jul 24, 2014

    Staying in Riu Palace Las Americas in Cancun from August 14th-22nd and would like to do a day or two of fly fishing and maybe a day or two of billfishing and was looking for some help. I am not against bring some tackle and trying somewhere around the resort either. Probably would just be my son and myself.

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      Dino

      Aug 5, 2014

      Hi Scott,

      As far as billfish trips for 2 go, you can’t go wrong with Galileo– a 31ft vessel equipped with all the deep sea fishing gear you guys will need, a fighting chair and a bathroom on board, it’s also one of the cheapest charters in its size range. August is pretty much the last month for a decent Billfish action around Cancun, as most big game pelagics start migrating at the end of the month. At this time, they still troll for Marlin, Wahoo, Sailfish, Dorado and other usual suspects.

      Fly fishing-wise, there are several guides whose services you may want to consider using. Still, if you don’t mind taking a shorter road trip, I would certainly recommend heading up a bit north to Isla Blanca, some 30 minutes away from the Cancun Hotel Zone. One of the most lauded fly fishing hotspots along the Quintana Roo, Isla Blanca is the go-to place for a Super Grand Slam, which requires a lucky angler to catch Tarpon, Permit, Bonefish and Snook, all in one day. Think you guys are up for the challenge? 🙂

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  • Ryan

    Aug 24, 2014

    I will be heading to Playa and Cozumel in early Sept and am taking my fly rod. I would like to rent a panga boat or other small boat. I am having trouble finding a boat rental that does not include a guide. Know of any places I should look?
    Thanks,
    Ryan

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      Dino

      Aug 31, 2014

      Hi Ryan,

      There are several smaller charters in both locations that I can recommend, but they all come with a crew 🙂 For an unguided trip, your best bet is to ask around at the marina or your resort.

      Happy fishing!

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  • jack

    Sep 8, 2014

    hi i am goin to riviera maya at end of march 2015 could you recommend any private captains for just 1 or 2 people i prefer them to the big companys with big fleets as i feel they just want your money and will just take you out to catch a few cudas

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      Dino

      Sep 17, 2014

      Hi Jack,

      The entire Riviera Maya is ripe with both small charter businesses as well as, like you said, giant charter fleets. Personally, I’ve had a great experience with both, but I can definitely recommend an experienced local guide that’s not just a part of a comprehensive charter offer. I’d just need to know where exactly in Riviera Maya you’re going to be staying?

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  • Patrick

    Sep 21, 2014

    I am heading to the Riviera in mid Oct. I am staying at the Grand Serenis, Mayan Riviera and was hoping there were a few local charters. unfortunately my wife does not fish, so I will either have to share or sole the charter. Do you have any suggestions.
    Also I do not fly fish, so what about some shoreline spin casting information.

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      Dino

      Sep 26, 2014

      Patrick,

      I just spoke to the Captain of Paraiso, one of our local charter operators in Playa – he suggests you take a taxi to “Cocobeach” in Playa del Carmen, about 20 minutes down south from your resort. Since you’re on a budget, the Captain does operate one of the most affordable vessels in the area – it’s a 25ft tiburonera boat, specializing in big game fishing, and offering super cheap Half Day private trips. You can check his full offer here.

      According to the Captain himself, spin casting from the shore mid-October will give you a solid chance against Jacks, Barracudas and plenty of Snappers!

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  • Dan

    Sep 26, 2014

    Hi There,

    I’m looking to be in Playa Car either mid-January or the beginning of February. I would like to do some fly fishing and was curious where the best place to go, especially for bonefish (Bigger the better too!)?

    Thanks,
    Dan

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      Dino

      Sep 27, 2014

      Hi Dan,

      By far the best place to go after Bonefish is gonna be the 3 lagoons north of Cozumel – Montecristo, Paso Balem and Rio de la Plata. They’re teeming with Bones, large Permit and Tarpon, and are likely the best spot in Mexico to try for a fly fishing Grand Slam. So I suggest getting on a ferry from Playa to Cozumel, and fishing the day away on the Cozumel flats. And don’t forget to come back here with pics!

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  • Lisa

    Oct 4, 2014

    Hi Dean,
    I will be traveling with two others the last week of Feb 2015 and will be staying in a resort in the Xelha area. Are there any charters close by or will be need to head up to Playa? Also, what can we expect to catch that time of year? Lastly, what charter do you recommend?

    Thanks – Lisa

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      Dino

      Oct 7, 2014

      Hi Lisa,

      You should head up north, but not necessarily to Playa – Puerto Aventuras has some great fishing that time of year, and is closer to Xelha (about a half hour drive). As for charter recommendation, if there’s going to be only three of you, I’d go with the Intimidator, a 35ft-er that can do either light tackle, bottom or big game fishing, depending on your preferences.

      February is Wahoo and Tuna time in Riviera Maya – most billfish won’t be around for about a month more, although Sails (and lots of Mahis) will already be making their way to the Yucatan. Since you guys are there last week of February, be on the lookout for some early Marlin arrivals too! 🙂

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  • Paul

    Oct 20, 2014

    Hi,

    I will be staying at the Rui Yucatan in Playacar Feb 22 2015. I’ll be taking my spinning and lure gear.
    I am told fishing the reefs/rocks 15 minutes walk to the right can be productive. I would be grateful if you could recommend any lures that I could prospect with and be successful.
    Thanks
    Paul.

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      Dino

      Oct 28, 2014

      Hey Paul,

      Just talked to the Captain of Playa del Carmen Fishing Snorkelling – he says people mostly use live bait rather than lures when fishing that spot, and that you should get ready for you line getting stuck between those rocks…more often than not 🙂 He suggests possibly using lures for Barracuda.

      If you’re not really a big fan of tangled lines, he recommends you try casting near the end of the pier instead, right around 12 – less rocks, better fishing!

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  • Lisa

    Oct 25, 2014

    Hi Dino,
    Thank you for the information! If we don’t pre book a trip and just go to one of the piers will we be able to book on the fly? If so what time would we need to arrive at a pier to have any luck?

    Thanks-Lisa

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      Dino

      Oct 27, 2014

      Hey Lisa,
      There’s always a chance of booking a charter on the spot, though it’s not something I really recommend, as most quality charters get booked days/weeks in advance. My rule of thumb is to always book your fishing trip the same way you book your plane tickets – prior to leaving for vacation (hopefully 🙂 ). You can check out the charter selection around Playa here. Most charters start their trips between 6:30 and 7:30 in the morning, so that would probably be the best time to try and find one on the spot.

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  • travis taylor

    Nov 3, 2014

    Will be getting into riviara maya Dec 26. Staying at secrets silver sands.would like to do offshore trip. I will b by myself wife doesn’t fish do you have a charter in a type of fish that you recommendto go after

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      Dino

      Dec 2, 2014

      Travis,

      If you’re referring to the Secrets Silversands in Puerto Morellos, I’d look into Galileo for a deep sea trip out of Cancun. It’s got stellar reviews, and they cook your catch in their restaurant following the trip for free. Billfish is going to be in low season, but there’ll be plenty of Wahoo, Tuna, Barracuda and Kingfish to keep you busy. Tight lines!

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  • Steve

    Dec 8, 2014

    My wife and I will be staying at Riviera Maya El Cid resort in mid January. I was wondering what the shore fishing possibilities are like. Also if you could recommend a charter in that area.

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      Dino

      Dec 10, 2014

      Steve, when it comes to shore fishing, the lagoon is home to plenty of smaller Barracudas and Jacks: when the bite is on, it’s a sight for sore eyes. I’ve even heard stories about small Bonefish cruising the area from time to time. There have been, however, gator/croc sightings by some shore anglers, and it can get pretty windy if you’re shore casting for a while, so just make sure you take all the necessary precautions.

      As for charter fishing in January, it won’t be Billfish season for another few months (although Striped Marlin bites are recorded aplenty in January), but if you’re a fan of Wahoo, Tuna, Mackerel, Snapper etc, you could still be in for a treat. Depending on how much space you need on board, I’d recommend either Galileo or Comocean – they’re both boats from the same fleet, and the guys even throw in a free lunch at their restaurant after the trip. On the menu – your catch!

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  • Steve

    Dec 9, 2014

    Hello, I am interested in information regarding a fishing trip. Myself along with 10-12 other guys will be in Riviera Maya the week of January 19-23. We are interested in the best chances to catch numbers of fish, whether it’s smaller inshore fishing with spinning rods or offshore trolling. I understand you can’t control the weather and the fish, but we’ve been on a previous trip elsewhere and all we did was troll and didn’t even get a bite, which makes for an extremely boring boat ride. I look forward to hearing from you. Happy Holidays!!

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      Dino

      Dec 10, 2014

      Hey Steve,

      Where in Riviera Maya will you be staying? From what I gather, you guys would probably do great with some bottom fishing action instead of trolling this time around.

      Not only does it produce more (albeit somewhat smaller) game fish, bottom fishing is also generally more exciting and engaging than trolling, as you’re interacting with the tackle much more often, and the bites are way more frequent (at least on average). Of course, it is all relative in fishing, and the Yucatan peninsula does provide some amazing offshore fishing as well, but if you want to increase your chances of actually catching fish and not just enjoying the scenery, bottom fishing would likely be the way to go. Besides, January isn’t really billfish season in Riviera Maya, so if you guys are looking for anything resembling a Marlin, you’re likely going to be out of luck either way. As I said, just let me know where you’ll be staying and I’ll recommend a few good options.

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  • Steve

    Dec 10, 2014

    Thanks for replying. We will be staying at Oceans Coral and Turquesa. With the bigger size group we have we were thinking we would split up and use 2 boats. As far as what species of fish we go after all we care about is having the best chances of catching numbers instead of one big fish.

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      Dino

      Dec 10, 2014

      Hey again Steve. Just got off the phone with the Captain of Galileo – Amberjack, Snappers and Groupers are the likeliest catch when bottom fishing in mid-January. By all accounts, that’s going to be your best bet at catch quantity and making sure that the entire group has a good time. I’ll shoot you a couple of options for a larger group like yours in an email shortly.

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  • Steve

    Dec 10, 2014

    That sounds great. I think all those species of fish would make for an incredible time for the guys, hopefully the bite will be on! I look forward to hearing from you.

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  • Claude Duquette

    Dec 15, 2014

    Can someone tell me what are the edible fish for human can i have this info on the net some where
    Thank you
    Claude

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      Dino

      Dec 19, 2014

      Hi Claude,

      I’m assuming you’re asking about game fish in particular? One of the most sought-after game fish in Riviera Maya is also a terrific table fare – Dorado! Also known as Dolphin Fish or Mahi Mahi, it can be caught almost year round, although its peak season (in Playa del Carmen particularly) is during the spring and summer months. Many say it tastes better than almost any other seafood, and unlike most fish they’ve ever tried. There’s a variety of other game fish that make for a great meal, so it would help if you could be a bit more specific with your question.

      On the other side of the spectrum, Billfish is considered too valuable a game fish to kill and eat, both in Mexico and around the world. To that end, many Captain practice a strict catch and release policy on all Billfish.

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  • Neil Tarbet

    Dec 15, 2014

    Hi there will be staying at Grand Sirenis mid Jan 2015 planning on throwing some lures around late afternoon to early evening from the shore having booked the hotel for its rocky shoreline any suggestions on types of lure and probable target species? Thanks in advance. May persuade the other half into a half day charter for two all suggestions also welcome.

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  • Claude Duquette

    Dec 20, 2014

    Thank you very much it is help me when i go fishing in puerto aventuras this winter
    Claude
    (Excuse my poor english)

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  • Claude Duquette

    Dec 21, 2014

    A nice place for fishing in riviera maya is arpon spearfishing it cost 70 $ per person if you are 4 people you can arpon merou http://www.spearfishingplaya.com
    And other good fishing bait here in puerto aventuras you can ask the fisherman for bait or take shrimp from the grocery

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  • Breann

    Jan 4, 2015

    We are going to be heading to Rivera Maya in March and we were looking to fish for Sailfish or Marlin. If we were to catch one of these fish are we able to keep the fish? We wanted to know if we would be able to have it stuffed and shipped back to the US? If so what are the charters that do this? Thanks so much for the help.

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      Dino

      Jan 19, 2015

      Hi Breann,

      As far as we know, according to the regulations, every charter should be able to keep 1 marlin or 1 sailfish per group/trip. Regardless of what the law says, however, many charters enforce a strict catch-and-release policy on all Billfish as part of their conservation efforts (though some find it ironic, fishing Captains are often more interested in keeping our oceans bountiful and alive than most people). To that end, most of the captains we work with do promote releasing all billfish they catch, so I don’t really have one to refer you to. Your best bet would likely be asking for charter recommendations at your resort. Shipping the fish back to the US following your trip shouldn’t be a problem in itself.

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  • Cindy

    Jan 9, 2015

    Hey guys! Great site! Big group heading back to riviera maya, near puerto Morelos in late June early July. Really want to go out fishing. We may have up to 10-12, mix of adults and kids, who would want to do a 4-6 hr trip. Any recommendations?

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      Dino

      Jan 27, 2015

      Hi Cindy,

      Two charters you might want to look into are Finatik and Big Fish. Both boats can take up to 12 people on board, although Big Fish is a bit more spacious, which might be worth taking into account when looking for the right charter, since having several hooks in the water while on a crowded boat with lots of kids, or reeling in an energetic snapper and bringing it on board is not the safest combo. Also, keep in mind that, due to federal regulations, you’re only allowed to have up to 6 lines in the water at the same time per boat, so if you’re planning a 4-hour trip not all may get to fish, or at least not for very long. A 6-hour trip should take care of that issue. Also, I’d recommend bottom fishing over trolling, as it tends to be more fun for the kids, and the chance of catching fish (albeit smaller) is greater. From what I know, both boats can incorporate snorkeling into their packages, but again, it all depends on how much time you have on your hands.

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  • Scott

    Jan 9, 2015

    Nice information here. I have a question. Staying at the El Dorado Royale the first week in March. Bringing the in-laws with us, and I’m planning on taking my father-in-law for a 6 hour trip. I have been on charters in the past where a service was provided to vacuum pack and freeze some of the catch for return to the states. Is this available in the area? I’m planning on chartering a boat for just the two of us. Any recommendations? Thanks for any help[ that you can provide.

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      Dino

      Jan 19, 2015

      Scott,

      From what we know, there are two ways you could go about sending the fish back to the states. You could ship it back, which may be a preferred option of the two, as it saves you from the potential hassles which tend to arise when transporting the fish yourself.

      If you’re set on taking the fish home with you, here’s how a few people described the process:

      You declare the fish with the US Customs, leaving the skin on so they can identify the fish if they decide to inspect it. The airlines are likely to require that the fish be put in a secure hard-sided cooler, but will probably take issue with filling the cooler with dry ice to keep the fish frozen. Also, it tends to count as an extra piece of luggage.

      As for charter recommendation, I’d suggest inquiring with Captain Abraham and his 31′ Galileo in Puerto Morellos (about a 15-minute drive from the El Dorado Royale). Apart from being a Captain, Abraham is also a great cook with his own restaurant, where he prepares your daily catch after the trip for free! In the end, that’s probably your best option anyway 🙂

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      Scott

      Jan 20, 2015

      Thanks for the info. I have brought back fish from the Cabo area in the past. The charter was able to help provide vacuum packing/freezing services. After this was done, we were able to pack the fish in a cooler on wheels with ice for the trip home. This worked perfectly. I was looking more for a business that could provide vacuum packing and freezing.

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  • David

    Jan 13, 2015

    I will be staying at the Excellence Riviera Cancun (1/2 way b/w cancun and playa del carmen). Trying to find a very good charter for targeting billfish exclusively. Not sure how far we will be from Capt. Ricks and have also considered going to cancun and taking he ferry over to Isla. What would you recommend based on location and best fishing? Also, open to options I did not mention.

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      Dino

      Jan 27, 2015

      David,

      You’re going to be about 10 minutes away (by car) from Galileo, a 31′ Shamrocks operated by Captain Abraham in Puerto Morelos. Abraham specializes in big game fishing for a variety of species, but is always open to customizing your trip whichever way you’d like, including targeting billfish only. As far as the best location for billfishing, May is the peak season for Marlin and Sailfish in both Cancun and Playa, so you should be good to go either way!

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  • Alicia

    Feb 16, 2015

    Hi, I’m sorry if this is repetitive or has already been addressed, but I’m not a fishing person (and perhaps need the information filtered down for me).

    My husband and I are going on our honeymoon at Playa del Carmen at the end of May/beginning of June. He’s goes deep sea fishing off the coast of San Diego a few times a year, and I thought it would be nice if I bought him a 1/2 or 1 day charter for him to enjoy on his own one of the days we’re there.

    1. Is it best to book in advance or look around for charters/random people with boats?
    2. What kinds of fish could he expect to catch at that time of year?

    Thank you in advance.

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      Dino

      Mar 16, 2015

      Hi Alicia,

      Not a problem at all. Not sure if hubby intentionally timed your honeymoon with Playa’s peak fishing season or it was just a lucky coincidence, but he should have a great time on the water either way 🙂 May and June are traditionally some of the best months to catch a pelagic in Playa; in particular both Blue and White Marlin, Sailfish, Dorados, Barracuda and a few more species will be in the area, so I wouldn’t recommend waiting to get there before booking a charter. If your husband will be going out by himself, any charter up to about 30ft should do him just fine – check out Juancho or Capt’ Ricks 31′ Bertram as a few affordable options in the area. Whether you should get him a 1/2 or a full day trip comes down to what species he’d like to target- if he’ll be happy with a Dorado or Wahoo, a half day should be enough. However, if he’s more of a Billfish kind of guy (meaning Marlin, Sailfish etc), anything less than a Full Day is likely not going to cut it. Hope this helps!

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      Alicia

      Mar 17, 2015

      Thank you sooo much for your reply! I actually picked the date and then thought of it after the fact. He’s invited me to weekend fishing trips with him, but I didn’t think I’d be able to cut it. However, I think I could manage a 1/2 day trip or let him do a full day by himself if he wants more time =)

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  • Nick

    Mar 1, 2015

    Hi,

    My future wife and I will be staying at the excellence riviera cancun this upcoming july. We are looking to maybe do some flats fishing with light tackle gear. Trolling is not really our thing. Just curious if you can recommend a nearby charter that offers this type of fishing. From what I have researched we will most likely have to make a trip over to cozumel to get in on good flats fishing. Thanks in advance for your help

    -Nick

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      Dino

      Mar 16, 2015

      Hi Nick,

      Congrats on getting married! Cozumel is definitely one of Mexico’s most prolific fly fisheries, but Cancun holds its own pretty well. It’s not unheard of for anglers to claim their first Fly Grand Slam in the Cancun flats, with Bones, Permit, Tarpon and even an occasional Snook roaming the area. That said, I’m afraid I am scarce with contacts of charters specializing in fly fishing in Cancun, as it’s still mostly a trolling and bottom fishing-dominated town, as you can see from Cancun’s charter selection here. You can still inquire if any of these guys would be willing to squeeze in a fly fishing trip into their schedules, just keep in mind they are big game fishermen first.

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      Nick

      Mar 19, 2015

      Thanks for the info. We would actually be looking to do light spinning gear rather than fly fishing. Is it possible to do this sort of flats fishing in cozumel? Thanks again for the help.

      -Nick

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  • Matt

    Mar 1, 2015

    Hey bud, we are staying at the Cozumeleno hotel first week of April. We are looking to do some diy bonefishing on and off the island (we have a car). On the island, can we access the northern lagoons by foot? Thanks!

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      Dino

      Mar 3, 2015

      Hey Matt,

      90% of the lagoon area actually fished can be waded (flats boots essential). Also, the coastline itself – all the way from Punta Norte to Macabi point – has some great shallow reefs and sandy flats that Permit and Bonefish frequent. You can reach those by foot as well, but you might still want to ask locals for a bit of help in guiding you to the hotspots 🙂

      Happy bonefishing!

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  • Ben

    Mar 1, 2015

    Hello, I’m from Belgium. I’m going to stay in the Ocean Maya Royal in the second half of June 2015. Is there something to catch from the beach there. I’ll bring a 14 feet surfcasting rod. Can you fish directly at the resort or are there great places in the direct neighbourhood. I ‘ll bring also a 9 ft rod. I’ve read the hotel offers fishtrips as well, anybody experience with them?. Anyone staying in the same period and that is thinking of doing a fishing trip, to shaer costs. Thx Ben

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      Dino

      Mar 3, 2015

      Hi Ben,

      You won’t be able to fish at your resort, since the law mandates you need to be at least 250 meters away from any beach used for swimming in order to fish from the shore. The rods you’re bringing along should be more than sufficient for some quality shore fishing action.

      If you don’t mind taking a walk, there is a wooden fishing pier at the foot of 14 calle in Playa del Carmen. The place is not only good for fishing, but mingling with the local anglers as well. Other good places to try are the more unaccessible parts of the beaches north and south of the city.

      Hotels take a commission on every trip they organize, so you will get charged extra. I’m afraid I’m not familiar with charters organizing shared fishing trips, but if you’re on a budget, consider asking Juancho or PDC Fishing and Snorkelling for a free quote. They’re both affordable options for a single angler, and are pretty flexible in customizing the trip to your own fishing preferences.

      Hope you have a great time on your vacation!

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  • Francesco

    Mar 1, 2015

    Hi, I would like to fish during my next thollidays in July in Carmen. I’m alone is it possible to share a boat with others persons ?

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      Dino

      Mar 3, 2015

      Hi Francesco,

      We mainly communicate with Captains that run private charters exclusively, since shared trips are more difficult to organize and tend to undermine the quality of a fishing experience, since you need to compromise with other anglers as to the type of fishing you’re looking for. That said, a few budget-friendly options in Playa that we often recommend for single anglers or small groups are either Juancho or PDC Fishing and Snorkelling, both affordable panga boats, primarily focusing on inshore fishing.

      Hope that helps!

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  • steve s

    Mar 1, 2015

    staying in Riviera Maya in May at the grand riviera, what’s the closes/best boat for a charter? Maybe doing two days one offshore and one inshore

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      Dino

      Mar 3, 2015

      Hey Steve,

      How many of you are planning to go fishing?

      If there is up to 3 of you, you may want to consider Juancho , a panga boat with an experienced captain for inshore fishing.

      As far as offshore trips go, since you’re staying in the northern part of Playa, I would probably recommend a charter out of Puerto Morelos instead. Galileo not only has a devoted crew, but the guys also own their own restaurant where they’ll cook your catch for free following the trip.

      Hope this helps!

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  • Anders

    Mar 11, 2015

    Hi,
    I’m staying in Cancun from March 13. until the 27.
    I plan on hiring a car and go to the Isla Blanca, trying to wade the flats from the shore sides flyfishing for different species (C&R).
    I understand that the season is not quite right for bones and permit, but I will give it a go. Snook is probably in season, so hoping for some luck there.
    Does this sound like a possible plan?
    Any advice? Any dangers?
    From what I’ve read on this site, I do not need a licence for this type of fishing, right?

    Best regards,
    Anders

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      Dino

      Mar 19, 2015

      Hi Anders,

      As far as your timing, it’s certainly not peak season, but you should still have a decent chance at bones, tarpon and permit (and yes, snook should be there as well). You don’t need a license for shore fishing, just make sure you’re not fishing inside of a protected area or a national park. I’m not too familiar with shore fishing in Isla Blanca myself, but they are pretty confident in the quality of their sand and grass flats. Try picking the brains of the local fishermen while in Cancun, Isla Blanca is just about 30 minutes north, so they should definitely have some inside knowledge. And tight lines!

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  • Mick Addison

    May 30, 2015

    Hi there,

    I’m staying at the El Dorado Maroma, in Playa Maroma, near the marina from June 16th. Can I fish the shore line there away from the hotel? Is there any guided flats fishing nearby and can I get a four hour deep sea charter in this area?

    Thanks
    Mick

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      Dino

      Jun 2, 2015

      Hi Mick,

      You should certainly be able to fish from the shore – there are some areas around resorts that are usually off grounds for surf fishermen, but just a bit further away is fair game. Just must make sure you’re at least 250m away from any swimmers.

      The area around Tulum has some amazing fishing. Unfortunately, as far as charter recommendation goes, the closest deep sea options I know of are in Puerto Aventuras, about 20 minutes from your hotel. If that’s not too far for you, feel free to get in touch with our customer service team at [email protected], so they can suggest a few charters based on your preferences.

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  • Abs

    Jul 14, 2015

    Hello,

    Looking to book a surprise holiday for my partner next year. He only really likes shore and lagoon fishing.

    Please could you suggest ta good destination?

    I am running out of steam and feel I hav not got very far.

    Thanks in advane

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      Dino

      Jul 27, 2015

      Hi Abs,

      Don’t give up! As far as I know, the Nichupte lagoon (right in front of Cancun’s Hotel Zone) is a great place for Tarpon, Bonefish, Permit and Snook, depending on when you’re planning on visiting. As for Cozumel, it is famous for the 3 northern lagoons (Montecristo, Paso Balem and Rio de la Plata), which are typically abundant with Bonefish and Permit, and these lagoons seem to have a more resident population of game fish. Hope that helps!

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      Bill

      Nov 10, 2015

      Hello. my wife and I will be in Cozumel the last 3 weeks of February 2016. we are interested in booking a 6 or 8 hour charter. what are the chances of catching Mahi Mahi? Sailfish? Tuna?
      what would you recommend in terms of the type of fishing at that time of year? Some deep sea, some bottom fishing?
      I’m also curious as to what is considered a reasonable tip for the crew.
      thanks

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  • BDW

    Nov 2, 2015

    I will be visiting Puerto Morelos the first week of April 2016. We have booked an ocean front house and I want to fish off the beach. Would this be worth bring a pole down for my 10 and 14 year old boys? Also, what gear would you use? and would a license be required?
    I wouldn’t mind getting a fishing charter from Puerto Morelos too. Any advise for a fishing charter?
    Thanks for the advise.

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      Ksavier Francuski

      Nov 24, 2015

      Hi, Puerto Morelos is an excellent destination for deep sea charters! Off the beach fishing won’t be that productive – if you want your boys to pull a big one out of the water, try going with captain Abraham and his 34′ Comocean. Reach out to our customer support so we could help you plan a trip of your lifetime!

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  • Bill

    Nov 4, 2015

    my wife and I will be visiting Cozumel for the last 3 weeks of February 2016. I have seen numerous fishing reports that seem to be a little contradictory. some say sailfish and mahi mahi fishing will not be good at that time, others say it will be good to excellent. what are your thoughts on that?

    we are considering a 6 or 8 hour charter when we are there, and will most likely do a combination of trolling and bottom fishing.

    these trips don’t come cheap, and so I am wondering what is considered a reasonable trip for the deck hands? also does the captain get a tip as well, or just the deck hand(s)?

    thanks
    Bill

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      Xavier

      Nov 24, 2015

      Hi Bill! Thank you for your comment! Mahi is not that good in February, sailfish should be better. Barracuda, amberjack and wahoo should be good at that time as well. Also, this really is a year to year/day to day matter dependent on many factors, hence the mixed reports.
      If you’d like to charter with us, I’d recommend the Grand Slam. Let us know, we’ll be happy to help book a trip to remember! As for the tip, the customary amount is 10-20% if you’re happy with the charter. This is for the deckhands, they earn their living this way 🙂

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      Bill

      Dec 2, 2015

      thanks for the info. if anyone is reading this blog and will be in Cozumel during the last 3 weeks of February 2016, and is interested in sharing a charter with another couple, we would be interested in trying to organize a shared charter with you. we are a 55+ couple and would like to find another couple (hopefully around the same age, but not essential) to share a charter with. you can contact me directly at [email protected]

      Bill

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  • David

    Nov 10, 2015

    Hi. We are staying at Grand Sirenis Riviera from Jan 4-11, 2016 and want to charter a boat. Who do you recommend and what will be the best fish to catch during that time? Tried to do this in Cuba last year but we waited to long to book so we are determined here lol. Thank you so much.

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      Xavier

      Nov 24, 2015

      Hi David, thank you for your comment! Puerto Aventuras is an excellent choice for your vacation! I would recommend the 38′ Flyin Fish or one of the boats from the excellent Capt Rick’s fleet! As far as game goes, Jan is a really good month to target amberjack and barracuda, with some bonito, kingfish, wahoo and albacore around. Contact our customer service team for more info or just book from the links provided!

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  • Bill

    Nov 10, 2015

    my wife and I will be visiting Cozumel for the last 3 weeks of February 2016. I have seen numerous fishing reports that seem to be a little contradictory. some say sailfish and mahi mahi fishing will not be good at that time, others say it will be good to excellent. what are your thoughts on that?

    we are considering a 6 or 8 hour charter when we are there, and will most likely do a combination of trolling and bottom fishing.

    these trips don’t come cheap, and so I am wondering what is considered a reasonable trip for the deck hands? also does the captain get a tip as well, or just the deck hand(s)?

    thanks
    Bill

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  • Brian

    Nov 18, 2015

    Hello, and thank you for this website/blog!

    My wife and I will be arriving in Cozumel just after Christmas this year, and are interested in booking a 1/2 day bottom fishing trip. The cruise line offers this for only $80, and I would appreciate your input/advice.
    Sadly, there isn’t any deep-sea fishing trips available, as we are only on shore for the day, and leave Cozumel at 6pm. The details are:
    Leave for fishing about 8:30am, fishing for 2 1/2 hours, returning to port around 12pm.
    This should give us about 4-5 more hours on shore in Cozumel.
    Do you think it will be a waste of time?
    What kind of fish do you think we will be catching (if any)?

    Thanks again!

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      Xavier

      Nov 24, 2015

      Hi Brian, thank you for the comment! The minimum length for deep sea charters is 4h, and our offer includes only private charters, which cost drastically more than the rate your cruise operator offers.
      Check these out and let us know if you’d consider a private deep sea charter though!

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  • Joel

    Nov 30, 2015

    Hello , Im coming down with a friend Feb 13-20th of 2016 and staying at Azule Sensatori in Riviera Maya. I am a full time fishing guide in Charleston SC and try to take a couple of charters everywhere I go. I really want to catch roosterfish on light tackle. I like to fly fish as well but really prefer gear fishing. If I go a second day I would like to do some Tarpon fishing. We have Tarpon, but the numbers are not like they are down there. Any suggestions?
    Thanks,
    Joel

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      Catherine Tyack

      Dec 18, 2015

      Hi Joel,
      If you’re still looking for charters in the area, Comocean is located very close to your hotel and is very popular. While they tend to offer deep sea fishing (as this is what a lot of their customers are after) they also fish with light tackle and know their stuff closer to the shore as well.

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  • Carissa

    Dec 10, 2015

    Hi. Im staying in Aukumal for the next week. I see a lot of sea urchins on the rocks. Are they legal/safe to take of the rocks and eat? I cannot find the answer anywhere online. Thanks!

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  • Bryan

    Dec 11, 2015

    I am taking my family to Maya in march 2016 and I would like to take my two young adult sons sail fishing. Just wondering should I book a charter prior to my trip or wait until we arrive in the area. If I pre-book any suggestions or contact numbers that anyone can provide would be appreciated. Thx

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  • Mike Ware

    Dec 15, 2015

    Im in the process of booking a trip now for May 2016. Its a anniv trip for my wife, and she loves to fish,, we will be staying at El Dorado Royale.. What is the best charter to book once we arrive? and from what im reading we are coming at a prime time for some good fishing?

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      Catherine Tyack

      Dec 18, 2015

      Hi Mike,
      This charter runs from very close to your hotel. If you’re happy to travel a bit further for a really luxurious service this charter in Cancun looks like it could provide a great anniversary experience. Another great choice would be this charter running from Playa del Carmen.
      In May you should be in with a good chance of getting close to some billfish like Marlins and Sailfish – as you said, this is a great time to come!

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  • Tom and Rose

    Dec 25, 2015

    Hi,
    We are planning a trip to Playacar in the middle of January, and hoping to do some shore fishing while over there. We are planning to take a couple of 10ft spinning rods, fix spool reels loaded with braid, assorted lures, shallow diving poppers, and float and light terminal tackle.
    We would be grateful if anybody who has had experience with this tackle could share any tips, or has any advice for us?

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    Dec 27, 2015

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      Dec 29, 2015

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    Jan 3, 2016

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      Jan 4, 2016

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    Jan 3, 2016

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      Xavier

      Jan 4, 2016

      Thanks for your comment, Colin! Reach out to our customer service team if you need any help picking out the perfect charter!

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      Jan 5, 2016

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  • Beth

    Jan 5, 2016

    Hi! I am surprising my husband with a trip to Mexico for our one year anniversary in early April. I am torn between Cancun, Playa Del Carmen, and Cozumel. He’s already been to Cabo on a fishing trip so I wanted to try the other side of Mexico. He does a lot of bass fishing but will fish anything.. Which area do you think would be the best fishing experience and where he would be able to catch more fish…?

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      Xavier

      Jan 6, 2016

      Hi Beth, thank you for your comment. Sounds like a great surprise! To be honest, fishing is pretty much the same in those waters, with excellent charter guide services all around, so your question comes down to where you’d like to stay. When you get that set up, reach out to our customer service team and we’ll help you find the perfect charter.
      A quick tip – Cancun will be the most expensive, Cozumel is in the middle and Playa del Carmen the most affordable. Click the links to see the guides I’m referring to.

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  • Scott

    Jan 10, 2016

    I would like to take my son who is turning 16 sport fishing he loves to fish and we live in Florida. We want to come down from March 12-19. What kind of fish are good to catch at that time. Also a good captain that has a great reputation.

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      Catherine Tyack

      Jan 13, 2016

      Hi Scott,
      Thanks for your comment. Mid March is a great time to fish for Barracuda and Sailfish in the Riviera Maya. Blue and White Marlins are just coming into season then, so you might be lucky with Billfish! Otherwise there should be good fishing for Mahi Mahi, Bonito, Albacore Tuna and Wahoo.
      Which area are you planning to stay in?
      Grand Slam is one of our most popular charter boats in Cozumel, while if you’re staying in Cancun take a look at Don Quino. Juancho is popular with customers and is based in Playa del Carmen.
      I hope you and your son have a great trip!
      Cat

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  • Jason boos

    Jan 10, 2016

    Staying At dreams tullman febuary 10th – 17th want to go private deep sea fishing the 12th what do you recomend

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      Catherine Tyack

      Jan 13, 2016

      Hi Jason,
      I’d recommend taking a look at Flying Fish . This is located about half an hour north of where you’ll be staying – it’s a popular charter that catches lots of game fish.
      I hope you have a great trip!
      Cat

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  • David

    Mar 15, 2016

    I am taking my family to tulum in the end of march. We are drying to decide on weather to fly fish the flats or take a charter ofshore. Which one would be more productive and with whom would you sugest chartering with. Thanks

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      Xavier

      Mar 16, 2016

      Hi David, thank you for the comment! Tulum is a very interesting choice for a family vacation.

      Weather is actually not looking that hot by the end of March – plenty of showers and some storms are predicted. If you’re bound to get wet, we’d recommend going all the way and trying out some spearfishing with Spearfishing Today. This is a great family activity. If not, then definitely go for offshore rather than flats. We have plenty of boats to choose from in Playa del Carmen/Puerto Aventuras.

      Either way, let our customer service team know what you’re looking for and they’ll take care of you!

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  • Lesley

    Mar 24, 2016

    Hi, I’m very interested in fishing roosterfish from the shore. Where is the good place to stay and when is the season?

    Me & husband also planning to catch bone fish and tarpon. Any recommendation for place to stay and charter? Is it the same season as the roosterfish?

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      Xavier

      Mar 24, 2016

      Hi Lesley, no Roosterfish on the Atlantic side of Mexico unfortunately. Bonefish, Tarpon and Jacks should be alright throughout the summer, though this region isn’t very good for surf fishing and few people do it. Big game fishing is what’s popular here and large boats make the rough seas easier to handle. If you’re fixed on fishing from the beach however, you should consider Playa del Carmen/Cozumel rather than Cancun. Otherwise, for flats fishing, we’d advise chartering a panga such as Juancho or Aquadventures 21′ Tauro. Let our customer service team know if you need help!

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  • Nicolas

    Apr 7, 2016

    Hi, a couple friends and I are staying at the Grand Bahia Principe Coba in Riviera Maya in June we all love fishing and would love to do some fishing from shore. We are wondering if this is allowed off of the beach, and what we would need in terms of licenses? We also know that the hotel rents out paddle boats, how good are our chances of getting some fishing gear out on a paddle boat to get away from the busy beach? Also which fish would we most likely be targeting?

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      Xavier

      Apr 7, 2016

      Hi Nicolas,

      Thanks for commenting! Shore fishing is allowed off the beach and the law states that it must be done at least 250m away from swimmers. Best to find a secluded one if possible. Licenses aren’t necessary. As for the paddle boat fishing, you will need to check with your hotel if something like that is allowed. Species you can get from the shore will most likely be small snappers, possible ‘cudas and JC’s. Keep in mind that beach fishing is not done too much down there.
      You can also consider trying some spearfishing in the nearby beautiful and historical town of Tulum, or some big game fishing for very affordable prices in the nearby Puerto Aventuras.

      Let our customer support team know if you have any questions!

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      Chris

      Apr 28, 2016

      Hey Nicolas – I will be at Coba on June 9th-15th with my wife and young son and plan on bringing my fly rod. If you’re there during the same dates and would like to shore fish let me know. I think it’s a pretty safe place but I’d prefer to go out with other peeps.

      Chris

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  • Nicolas

    Apr 15, 2016

    Hi there, I’m going to be heading to the Grand Bahia Principe Coba in mid June with two friends and we would love to do some deep sea or bottom fishing. What do you recommend?

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      Cat

      Apr 18, 2016

      Hi Nicholas, Captain Rick has some great deep sea and bottom fishing options and he’s one of our must trusted captains in the area. I hope you enjoy your trip!

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  • Kelli

    Apr 22, 2016

    I am taking my family to Playa Del Secreto (in between Puerto Morelos and Playa Del Carmen) in early May. My father would like to shore fish in front of the condo we rented. The area where we are staying looks pretty remote. I read some articles that say no fishing license is needed for shore fishing. He would like to bring a cast net to catch his own bait. Is that allowed? We’ll probably charter a boat for bottom fishing one day. Any recommendations?

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    May 3, 2016

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  • Andy Rutherford

    May 7, 2016

    I am staying at the El Dorado Maroma hotel and want to do some shore fishing,what tackle will i need,and what baits/lures will i need,and what can i catch?

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      Cat

      May 11, 2016

      Hi Andy. Live shrimp and squid are good choices for the area, while good choices for artificials are topwaters and spoons with titanium/ steel leaders (there’s plenty of Barracuda around!) You could also catch some small Jacks.

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  • Joe

    May 15, 2016

    I am going to the grand sirenis hotel in the riviera maya end of July for 2 weeks can you recomend who to book a full day fishing trip and how much it will cost me as I will be by myself for the trip

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      Cat

      May 19, 2016

      Hi Joe,

      What sort of trip are you planning? Captain Rick has a range of boats, including this nice Bertram that might suit you – full day trips are $690. If you’re looking at something a little cheaper given it will just be yourself fishing, you could try Juancho, a smaller boat located a short drive away at Playa del Carmen that runs full day trips at under $500.

      We have many more options in that area so feel free to browse our site or speak to our customer service team. I hope you have a great trip! 🙂

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  • Pat

    May 25, 2016

    Planning on June trip to Cancun – Isla Blanca island – staying at the Mia Reef Isla Mujeres.
    Is there a fly fishing guide that can take me onto the flats for bonefish on the island?
    I am afraid of the ocean waters and the seasickness….
    thanks

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      Cat

      May 27, 2016

      Hi Pat,

      I’m afraid most of the charters in Cancun on FishingBooker offer deep sea fishing at the moment, but we’re currently working on partnering with some captains who fish the flats – they are incredible for fly fishing not only for Bonefish but also for Tarpon and Permit! Captains do exist if you take a look on google and hopefully by the time you take your next trip we’ll be able to personally recommend you some from our website.

      I hope you have a great trip.

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  • Alex

    May 31, 2016

    Heading to Grand Oasis Tulum at the end of June and had planned on doing some surf fishing in the early mornings before the crowds start to build. Noticed a nice little cut just south of the resort almost a mile and a half down that looks promising as long as its not private. Not really trying to target any specific species just really looking to wet a line while on vacation and catch some new fish! Any info or tips whatsoever would be greatly appreciated! Thanks gain and I really enjoy how informative and resourceful your site is!

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      Cat

      Jun 1, 2016

      Hi Alex,
      Thanks for your kind words! We’re not sure exactly what you’ll find at the cut, although it definitely sounds like a fun place to explore. Fishing with shrimp is bound to get results, but as far as lures go we’d suggest bringing along some rubber tailed jigs with a few different lead heads and some top water lures to be ready for every eventuality! We always recommend speaking to local fishermen to find out what the bite is like and what techniques the locals have been using lately.
      Hope you have a great vacation!

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  • kelly cannon

    Jun 15, 2016

    Heading to Riveria Maya in mid July. Looking to catch Sailfish. Are there charters out of Riveria Maya or do we have to go down to Playa del Carmen or Cancun?

    Thanks!

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      Cat

      Jun 17, 2016

      Hi Kelly,

      We work with a lot of charter operators in the Riviera Maya area – take a look at our map here and you should be able to find one to suit you. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our customer service team if you need any help making your decision!

      Have a great trip!

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  • tarpon springs

    Oct 13, 2016

    Really nice style and wonderful written content, practically
    nothing else we want :D.

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      Cat

      Oct 21, 2016

      Thanks very much! 🙂

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  • sara

    Nov 15, 2016

    We will be staying at the secrets Silversands, riviera maya and want to know where the closest and best place to fish would be. Also prices would be great.

    Thanks

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      Cat

      Nov 17, 2016

      Hi Sara,

      There are a lot of options nearby in Cancun – you can take a look at them all here. A good place to start is the Galileo, which is one of the most popular charters in the area and has trips starting from $500.

      Let FishingBooker’s customer service team know if you have any further questions and they would be more than happy to help!

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  • John

    Nov 25, 2016

    My wife and I will be at El Dorado Seaside Suites is there any fly fishing (bonefish, permit) within walking distance of the resort?

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  • Philo

    Dec 29, 2016

    Thanks for this site! I’m headed to Akumal (south of Playa) in a few weeks, staying at a beach house. I’m bringing a spinning rod and wondered about either fishing from the shore or from a kayak away from beachgoers. I’ve done a fair amount of fishing, but most of my ocean fishing has been with guides. I’d love any links or advice you might have about techniques, fish species, and other advice. If you know of a guide in the area who might show me the ropes, I’d be happy to hire him. Thanks for this great site.

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      Cat

      Jan 3, 2017

      Hi Philo, I’m glad you like the site! 🙂

      You can find some amazing fishing just a few minutes’ drive from Akumal at Puerto Aventuras. We have a lot of recommended captains in that area so who you go for really depends on your budget and what you want to catch. Take a look and I’m sure you will find something suitable.

      You can take a look at our species pages for some more information on fish you might catch, such as Dorado/Mahi Mahi, Barracuda, Sailfish, and a lot more!

      Please feel free to contact our customer service team if you would like any further advice.

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  • Cris

    Jan 11, 2017

    Thanks for all your tips! Will be heading down to Grand Oasis in Cancun Jan 21 to 28. Seems to be a lot of options for charters. It’s only for 2 people. Can you make any recommendations regarding charters I can book for 6 hours?

    Thanks, Cris.

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      Cat

      Jan 13, 2017

      Hi Cris,

      Yes, there are a lot to choose from! You are free to browse through FishingBooker to find something to suit you, but to get you started, here is one of our most popular charters – Galileo, which does a 6 hour trip at $620.

      I’d recommend you book soon as dates sell out quickly. Hope you have a great trip – let us know how it went afterwards! 🙂

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  • Tom Kraut

    Jan 24, 2017

    I’m coming to Cozumel with my wife and 4 kids ages 11-15 in March. The three boys are fishing crazy right now and they are wondering if they can fish from shore and if there is a place to rent fishing equipment? We are staying at the Occidental which is on the southwest shore. I’m planning on taking them bottom fishing on a charter one of the days but would like to know if they can shore/pier fish somewhere near our resort. What are their options if any?

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      Cat

      Jan 25, 2017

      Hi Tom,

      Sounds like a great trip! When thinking of places to shore fish, you will need to bear in mind that a large part of the Western and Southern parts of Cozumel are a Marine Park. This extends south from the International Pier, around Punta Sur, and up a small part of the eastern coastline to Punta Chiqueros. Here, disturbing the reefs in any way is prohibited – this includes fishing. So it looks like shore fishing near your resort will not be possible, unfortunately, although you will be able to do so if you travel to the north of the island.

      The good news is, fishing charters can travel beyond the protected area. If you would like any help finding a good guide for your bottom fishing trip, please get in touch!

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  • Philipp

    May 13, 2017

    Hi!
    I’m travelling to Playa Del Carmen at the end of june and will bring my spinning rod with me. Can you give me some advice for the fishing from shore for GT, snapper etc? Thx a lot!

    Cheers
    Philipp

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      Cat

      May 15, 2017

      Hey Philipp,

      Shore fishing can be a little hit and miss because of the crowds (common sense and the law says that you can only fish a fair distance away from them.) But you can get some good results if you head up to the north part of the beach and bring some top water plugs – this should attract the attention of the local Jacks. You’ll find the best fishing by far is early morning and later in the evening 🙂

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      James M

      Jul 7, 2017

      How was fishing Phillip, any luck? I am going to playacar soon and looking to do the same.

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  • Josh M

    Apr 25, 2018

    Hey!
    I’ll be staying in Riviera Maya in June of this year. I’m currently looking into booking a charter for 4 adults at Captain Ricks. I have two quick questions for you. Is there a boat size that you recommend? They have a 31′ to 48′ Also, do you recommend this company? Thanks!

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      George

      Apr 30, 2018

      Hi Josh,

      Thanks for your question!

      We do recommend Captain Rick’s, they’re a great company with great fishermen. When it comes to the boat size, that depends on your needs. I recommend you to call our Customer Service team at +1-888-395-2564. They will be able to find the perfect match for you and your company.

      Thank you,
      George

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  • Mag Bay Lodge

    Jul 5, 2018

    Thank you very much for this informative post. The fishing calendar for the Riviera Maya is really great. You’re doing a great job. Keep it up.

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  • Russ

    Jan 21, 2019

    We are heading down to the Allegro in Cozumel and had been looking forward to some relaxing shore fishing but I am reading allot about this being in a no fish area. Is this true? it hard to find an absolute answer to this question.

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      Sean

      Jan 22, 2019

      Hello Russ,

      Thank you for reading the blog.

      Actually, fishing in Cozumel has been great recently.

      You can check out the reports our Captains have been posting in January – click to view.

      We’re here should you need anything else.

      Tight lines!

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  • Melissa

    Apr 1, 2019

    Hello, my husband and I are vacationing to Riviera Maya in Sept for are anniversary. We are staying at grand riveria princess resort, we have been on several deep sea fishing trips in gulf shores and galvenston but this will be the first time our children are not with us!
    I know my husband usually goes with a charter that the kids will enjoy and where they are pretty much guaranteed to catch something, so he usually is reeling in bait fish instead of what would be his dream catch. I’m wanting to surprise him and let him have a real fishing trip just for him this time! It will be just the two of us, any suggestions for who to go with? Also I’m working with a nurses salary not a doctor’s so I don’t what to spend a huge amount. Thanks you so much in advance for any advice. Melissa

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      Sean

      Apr 8, 2019

      Hello Melissa,

      Thanks for reading.

      What a great anniversary present!

      There are a number of fantastic fishing guides very close to your resort.

      If it’s going to be just the two of you, I would say a 25-foot boat would be more than enough. It will get you offshore, but it won’t come with the price tag of a bigger vessel.

      Please take a look at Gardi Crew and Fishing Al Gusto. These two of our best Captains in the area.

      Billfish will sadly be out of season by the time you arrive, but you’ll be able to get some great Amberjack, Cobia or Barracuda action.

      I hope this helps. For more recommendations, you can contact our Customer Service Team.

      Tight lines!

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  • Kevin

    Apr 4, 2019

    Headed down to Cancun in June and am planning a fishing charter. Is there a company close to the hotel zone that would package and freeze some fish to transport back to the US? My hotel is not able to assist me with this. Thanks for any ideas.

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      Sean

      Apr 8, 2019

      Hello Kevin,

      Thanks for reading.

      I’m afraid that there are no such companies on the east coast that we’re aware of.

      In this case, I would suggest taking a look at our “How to Prepare Fish for Your Flight Home” article. The guide has a few insights you’ll find useful.

      I hope this helps.

      Tight lines!

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  • Nico R Forcatto

    Apr 11, 2019

    I am heading down to Cancun for 7 days of sunshine during the last week of June. Hopefully Fishingbooker has some great fishing advice. I am looking for 2 things.

    1. I am looking for a long 1 day charter for just one person. None of my family likes to fish, so a big deep sea trip is out of the option because of cost. I know the season around that time is great for bonefish. Any recommendations?

    2. For the days I will be not on a charter, are their any places that rent gear for just surf fishing? I’d love to get onto some game fish or shark from shore assuming that I am allowed to do so in the area I am staying.

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      Sean

      Apr 12, 2019

      Hello Nico,

      Thanks for reading!

      Absolutely, June is an excellent time to catch Bonefish. You’ll be able to catch a lot of them around Isla Mujeres and in the Nichupté Lagoon. If you’re up for a challenge, you can even go for Tarpon, which is also great at this time of year. Since you’ll be booking just for yourself, I think something like Cancun Light Tackle & Fly Fishing Tours would suit you best.

      For surf fishing, I wouldn’t recommend trying Nichupté Lagoon, simply because there aren’t a lot of access points. The best way to go is to explore some of the local restaurants on the water. You won’t need a fishing license, just makes sure to keep away from any swimmers.

      I hope you’ll find this helpful.

      Tight lines!

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  • Steve Cullen

    Jun 1, 2019

    Hi im going back to the occidental Xcaret hotel in Sept ..I will be taking a couple of offshore charters while I am there . But do you know of any shore hotspots near to the hotel as its a bit remote , also what type of bait to use and availability of bait …Im not big into lures but I will take a few too ..thanks .

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      Sean

      Jun 3, 2019

      Hey Steve,

      Thanks for reading.

      There are a few small beaches around 10 minutes to the north of your hotel that you might want to try out.

      These shouldn’t have any swimmers, so you should be able to cast freely. There’s always a chance of hooking some Jacks, Snook, Permits, or Triggerfish.

      For baiting, I’d advise using shrimp. Perhaps you can even get some from your hotel. Jigs and poppers should work fine, too.

      Make sure to use heavy leaders to keep the Barracuda from biting through your line.

      I hope you’ll find that helpful.

      Have a good one!

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      Neil Tarbet

      Jun 3, 2019

      I’ve fished from the rocks at the entrance to the man made beach when staying here and caught jacks on poppers in the evening. Great sport

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      Sean

      Jun 5, 2019

      Thanks for sharing, Neil!

      Have a good one!

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  • Amber

    Jun 15, 2019

    My boyfriend and I are planning a trip to Mexico and he wants to surf cast from shore . We would be flying into Cancun so we are looking to stay there or within 45 min to hour from there . Any suggestions on places to stay that he can easily fish from shore ?

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      Sean

      Jun 17, 2019

      Hi Amber,

      Thanks for reading.

      There are a number of great shore fishing spots around Cancun. Out of these, I would recommend Puerto Morelos as the best one.

      The fishing is great, especially for Barracuda and Jacks. The scenery is breathtaking, and it’s just a 40 minute drive away from Cancun. You won’t need a fishing license for fishing from shore, but you’ll need one if you decide to hire a charter.

      I hope that helps.

      Tight lines!

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  • Julien

    Jul 19, 2019

    Great info ! I’ve been spearfishing in Playa for a few months now, and I’ve come across a lot of fish. I’m hooked !
    My concern though, is i have difficulty separating the ones I can catch from the ones I can’t !
    Do you have any info on brochures or documents available for a better knowledge of Playa Del Carmen’s fishes ?

    Thanks

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      Sean

      Jul 23, 2019

      Hi Julien,

      Thanks for reading.

      As you probably know, the best catches in the Playa Del Carmen area include Permit, Wahoo, Barracuda, Snapper, Grouper, Mackerel, Lionfish and Pompano. You can check all of these fish on our fish pages.

      You can also check out this local diving guide for more species information.

      Lastly, to find out more about local fishing regulations and bag limits, please take a look at the CONAPESCA website.

      I hope you’ll find this helpful.

      Have a great day!

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  • Rick

    Aug 29, 2019

    Hi, I’ve been trying to find information on fishing in the Cancun, Playa, etc. area and am so glad I finally found your site – Love it!
    I am moving to Akumal from Nashville Tennessee and would like to start fishing in the area. I’m interested, at least for now, in shore fishing in or near Akumal but since I am new to the area and don’t know anyone yet who fishes I was wondering if you knew of any places I could go to get started? Also, any recommendations for places in Akumal, Tulum, or Playa that sell fishing rods and other supplies would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks

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      Albert

      Aug 30, 2019

      Hi Rick,

      Congratulations on the move down to paradise!

      When it comes to shore fishing spots, it’s more a case of finding somewhere away from the crowds or resorts. The fishing’s great all along Riviera Maya, but by law you can’t fish within 250 meters (820 feet) of any beach-goers or swimmers. On top of that, a lot of hotels can get a little unfriendly to anglers who aren’t staying with them.

      That being said, Akumal is away from the big tourist hubs farther north, so you should be able to find a quiet beach. My advice would be to do a little recon on Google Maps and look for the less built up spots, then head out and give them a shot.

      In terms of buying tackle and rods, your best bet is probably Artes de Pesca up in Playa. If you’re looking for something more specialist, you could also try contacting some of the local fishing lodges.

      Sorry I can’t be more helpful on the fishing spots. Let us know how you get on!

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      Rick

      Aug 30, 2019

      Thanks Albert – Greatly appreciated

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  • Jennifer Schell

    Oct 9, 2019

    Hi,
    We are looking to go to the Rivera Maya/Cancun area in January or Feb can you suggest an all inclusive resort that has great shore fishing? My husband and son are obsessed with fishing! They usually charter a boat for one or two days and shore fish daily.

    Thanks so much!

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      Albert

      Oct 10, 2019

      Hi Jennifer,

      Are you looking for a fishing lodge, or a normal vacation resort with a private beach where you can fish?

      Finding good shore fishing isn’t usually a problem. The issue is finding a place where you can fish.

      Resort staff aren’t usually that fond of people fishing on their beaches, so the best spots are often away from the resort strips.

      You should also bear in mind that it’s illegal to fish within 250 meters (820 feet) of beach-goers or swimmers. Chances are, most beaches will have too many people to fish right by the resort itself.

      Sorry I can’t be of more help. Does anyone else have a recommendation of a good resort for shore fishing?

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  • Jennifer

    Oct 10, 2019

    Hi,
    We are just looking for a regular resort not a fishing lodge. It doesn’t even have to be on the Cancun side of Mexico. My husband just asked me to book somewhere with good fishing within walking distance of the resort.
    Thanks all!

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      Albert

      Oct 11, 2019

      Hi Jennifer,

      I’m afraid I don’t know specific resorts in Mexico too well.

      I would say that you can escape a lot of the crowds by heading south of Cancun, closer to Puerto Aventuras or Playa Del Carmen. That should give your husband more space to fish.

      Sorry I can’t be of more help!

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  • Jill

    Dec 3, 2019

    Hi. I am a travel agent. I have client who will be staying at the Grand Bahia Principe Tulum and they want to shore fish by the resort. Is this even possible? I read about the 250 meter rule, but is there a place nearby to fish? Thanks.

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      Albert

      Dec 3, 2019

      Hi Jill,

      There are plenty of places to wade fish in the lagoons around Tulum. The surf fishing is also consistently good, as long as you can get away from the crowds.

      However, in my opinion, Tulum is one of the best flats fisheries on the planet. Is has an incredible Permit bite and some great Bonefishing, too. If your clients are keen anglers, they should take the opportunity to explore these waters properly with a guide.

      Our Customer Service team can happily help your clients arrange a trip.

      I hope that helps!

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  • Scot Taylor

    Dec 3, 2019

    we recently visited Tulum and while snorkelling 30 feet off the shores at Hotel Esparanza we saw a larger siver fish. It was on the bottom, appeared to be 6 feet in length, it was silver with a fairly rounded mouth. This fish had a fair girth as well. We have been searching for what type of fish this was, I say baracuda but my wife doesnt think the mouth was pointed enough.
    it saw us above and slowly swam past while watching us. What fish was this?
    Scot

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      Albert

      Dec 4, 2019

      Hi Scot,

      What a mystery! Did you notice if it was solid silver, or did it have stripes?

      It sure sounds like a Barracuda to me. The behavior seems right, too.

      The only other thing it could have been is a Tarpon, although they don’t usually get that big in Tulum.

      What does everyone else think?

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