Fishing in Punta Cana: All You Need to Know
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Fishing in Punta Cana is the ultimate exotic adventure if there ever was one. Wetting a line in the azure waters surrounding the Dominican Republic’s fishing capital is an experience you’ll never forget. The town’s name refers to the beautiful local cane palms that grace the landscape and make you feel like you’re in paradise.

An aerial view of a beach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, with clear water, white sand, palm trees, and a jetty stretching into the sea

The tropical climate of Punta Cana is pretty consistent year-round (60–90ºF), and several IGFA records have been set and broken here. These are all the makings of a dream-come-true fishery. When you go fishing around the “Jewel of the Caribbean,” record catches could always be just one cast away!

Top Catches in Punta Cana

From lagoon fishing and reef exploration to battling blue-water bruisers, Punta Cana has it all. The deep sea bite is off the hook here, which is what attracts passionate fishermen all over the world. Whether you’re after Billfish or big pelagics, you can have it all here.

That’s not to say that the inshore opportunities should be neglected. Hugged by a coral reef, where marine life thrives, Punta Cana won’t disappoint inshore fishers. A slew of Snapper, Barracuda, Parrotfish, Triggerfish, and even Snook and Tarpon are in the cards. Let’s check out the top catches that make fishing here so special!

Marlin & Sailfish – The Sportfisher’s Holy Grail

If there’s one thing Punta Cana is famous for, it’s outstanding Billfishing. Marlin, Sailfish, and even Swordfish make the province an epicenter of deep sea action. What is it that makes fishing here so good? The fact that you don’t have to travel far to get to trophy-sized catches. Blue and White Marlin, as well as Sailfish, can be found in great numbers several miles from the shore.

A group of anglers holding a Sailfish on a Punta Cana fishing trip

Sailfish are the prelude to the Billfish summertime extravaganza. The best time to target them is in the winter months, from November-February. Everybody loves going after them because they’re abundant, lightning-fast, and excellent fighters. They can be 10 feet long and weigh well over 100 pounds, especially in these warm waters where they thrive.

Next on the list are White Marlin, who show up in late spring and stick around until late August. If you’ve got your eye on a White variety, the optimal time to chase one is in June. They’re smaller than their Blue cousins, usually weighing anywhere from 50–150 pounds.

Two anglers holding a large White Marlin caught in Punta Cana

The arrival of Blue Marlin ushers in the peak of the deep sea fishing season. These monsters appear in June and stay until late September, with August being the best month. Some Blues stay longer, but the bite is sporadic. To get your Blue Marlin, you’ll need a lot of patience, but the waiting is well worth it.

Trolling is the technique of choice for tempting the giants of the deep. Billfish are predators and can’t resist fast-moving lures and bait. Bear in mind that Marlin and Sailfish are strictly catch and release. Whichever species you choose, you’re in for a world of angling fun!

Never Enough Mahi Mahi

While Billfish are the “final frontier” when it comes to sport fishing, Mahi Mahi is also always on the menu. They’re present all year but are most numerous from October through April. These colorful species are a local favorite, and visiting anglers can look forward to finding a Bull on their line, too.

An angler in a cap and sunglasses holding a large Mahi Mahi with sea behind and land in the distance

Mahi Mahi (or Dorado or Dolphin) are among the most acrobatic pelagics out there. Not only are they strong, but their headshakes and power will test even the most skilled fishermen. They’re also one of the most common catches around Punta Cana. So after a fantastic battle, you’ll get to enjoy delicious Mahi fillets. 

These fish can grow to be more than 3 feet long and weigh anywhere from 10–90 pounds, depending on the time of year and luck. The best way to find them is to look for the birds feeding on the water’s surface. Where baitfish and birds are, Mahi usually follow.

Just like with most pelagics, the safest way to target Mahi Mahi is trolling. Often, they’re a welcome by-catch while going after Billfish. When you get one on the line, your time on the water will become a lot more interesting. Just be ready for a workout!

How about Yellowfin Tuna?

As if the promise of impressive Billfish and Mahi isn’t enough, Tuna join the fray to seal the deal. You’ll find them off Punta Cana in the winter months, and they’re most active in January and February. But don’t worry if you can’t make it then, they’ll be around until early spring and then again in fall. 

Three anglers holding a Yellowfin Tuna while sitting on a boat

Yellowfins resemble missiles in their shape, and it’ll definitely feel like an explosion when you get one on the line. Their sheer power will have you holding onto the rod with everything you’ve got. That’s what makes Tuna fishing so exhilarating! 

These fish can weigh anywhere from 20–50 pounds on average, but there are bigger specimens in the bluewater. And when we say bigger, we mean over 100 pounds. They respond well to a number of lures, including squid lures, plugs, and spoons. If you prefer live bait, then your best bet is ballyhoo and squid. When you come across a school of Yellowfin Tuna, troll your bait at different depths around the edges – that’s where the big ones hang out.

Around Punta Cana, Yellowfins are pursued for their delicious meat and game qualities. If you’ve never caught a Tuna before, then reeling in and battling a Yellowfin will be a life-altering experience.

Everybody Wants a Wahoo or Two

If there ever was a fish built for speed, it’s the mighty Wahoo. And when you go fishing in Punta Cana, you’ll find a good number of these toothy bad boys out there. Just like most pelagics, Wahoo bites year-round. But to land a trophy, you should come down from October-December.

A fisherman in sunglasses holding a big Wahoo with blue water and sky in the background

What puts Wahoo on everyone’s to-catch list is both their speed and fighting abilities, not to mention delicious meat. Along with Mahi Mahi, they’re a “bread and butter” fish that both locals and tourists like to target. The best part? These torpedo-shaped fellas can weigh anywhere from 10–120 pounds, sometimes even more.

During the colder months, you can stumble upon Wahoo at different depths, close to reefs or in waters hundreds of feet deep. Trolling is the name of the game, especially if you troll at a greater speed with fast-moving lures. When you do get your Wahoo on the boat, be mindful of their razor-sharp teeth while enjoying the post-battle high!

A Great Variety of Inshore Species

Yes, premier deep sea fishing is the first thing associated with Punta Cana, but that’s not to say that things are boring inshore. On the contrary, there’s a lot for you to catch around the local reefs. If you’re going out with your family, there’s plenty for you to look forward to.

An elderly fisherman holding a Snapper while standing on a boat

Tarpon, Snook, and Permit love the crystal clear inshore waters, especially during the winter months. Avid fishers like to target them on the fly or light tackle, and sometimes you can even snatch one while fishing from land. Another way to get your hands on one of these fish is to cast your line in one of Punta Cana’s many lagoons.

In the mood for more diversity? Some parts of the reefs are full of big Barracuda, smaller Snapper, Jacks, Grouper, and Needlefish. Most of these are fun for all levels to target and they make for delicious table fare. Beyond the reef, you could also come face-to-gills with Shark species, including Blue, Tiger, Lemon, Bull, and Nurse Sharks.

Types of Fishing in Punta Cana

As you might imagine, there are many ways you can fish the crystal clear waters of Punta Cana. The only thing that determines the fishing type and technique is what you’d like to catch. Here are some of the best types of fishing to try.

Fishing with a Charter

A charter boat on the waters of Punta Cana

Punta Cana’s angling action is some of the best available in the Caribbean. There’s no better way to explore these fisheries than to hit the water with a professional guide

If you’ve set your sights on a deep sea monster like Marlin, Tuna, Bull Mahi Mahi, or Wahoo, local insight is invaluable in finding the top spots. Most charters have flexible and affordable rates and they’re accommodating if you want to try any special technique, as long as they get enough notice. There are a lot of experienced crews in Punta Cana, so you can be a novice, a pro, or somewhere in between, and they’ll be able to help you.

We’d recommend that you book your charter several months in advance. Punta Cana boasts some of the best summer fishing in this part of the world, so charters fill up fast. If possible, book your charter in the winter months. That way, you’ll find the option that ticks all the boxes.

Shore Fishing in Punta Cana

A man shore fishing on a beach at sunset

You already know that boat fishing is much more popular in Punta Cana than shore fishing, but there’s still plenty to do on land. Both Surf fishing and going to the lagoons have a lot of potential.

From some of the beaches, the reef is close enough to cast out from shore. In other spots, fishing is not allowed, either for safety reasons or because it’s on private property. You don’t have to worry, because there are tidal ponds and flats at your disposal. In the wash between the reef and the beach, huge Permit cruise the shallows and are accessible with fly gear. Most of the resorts have private beaches that are loaded with Permit, Snook, and Tarpon. But that’s not all – Barracuda, Palometa, Mackerel, and many more are also out there.

Lagoon Fishing

A lagoon with crystal blue waters and trees surrounding it

Lagoons are one of the many reasons Punta Cana is a gorgeous destination, and guess what? Fishing here is good as well. You’ll stop by to admire the beauty of these sequestered parts, but you’ll stay for the bite.

Lagoon fishing in Punta Cana offers a different pace to the fast and furious action of the open sea… At least until you hook into a big Tarpon, then all bets are off. These turquoise waters hide good Snook, Tilapia, and impressive Tarpon. Some of these spots may be harder to reach, but that just means that fewer people fish there, so there’ll be more catch for you. And who doesn’t want that?

Top Fishing Spots in Punta Cana

An aerial view of Punta Cana turquoise waters with a boat and land in the distance

It’s hard to pick a certain number of top spots in a fishery as good as Punta Cana’s. But we’ll try. All you have to do is decide what you’d like to catch, pick a location, and get started. Here are some spots you shouldn’t miss out on.

  • Cabo Engaño: This is one of the best shore fishing destinations in Punta Cana, along with Grand Canal in Cap Cana. Here, you can look forward to Permit, Tarpon, and Snook.
  • Laguna de Nisibon: While remote (40 minutes from Punta Cana by car), this lagoon is both absolutely beautiful and brimming with fish. The effort to get there will be well worth it when you get a big Tarpon on your line.
  • Mona Passage: Some would argue that there’s no better place for your deep sea fishing escapades, but it’s up to you to decide. The home of Bull Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, and Billfish, Mona Passage is a piscatorial paradise.
  • The Three Rocks: If you’re a passionate Marlin chaser, chances are that the Three Rocks will be one of your stopping points. Both White and Blue Marlin like to feed here, and Sailfish are common as well.
  • The Pink House: Another famous Marlin spot, the Pink House is one of those hotspots where you’ll find not only Billfish, but also different pelagic species at all times of the year.

Punta Cana Fishing Regulations

A picture with a blue background and words Punta Cana Fishing Regulations on it

While fishing in Punta Cana is nothing short of spectacular, fishing regulations aren’t as tight as they are in the US. If you’re out there on your own, you should have a valid fishing license, but it might be a bit difficult to find a vendor.

Things are much easier when you go out with a charter – your guide will cover all the necessary permits. The most important rule to keep in mind is that all Billfish are strictly catch and release. If you’re staying in a hotel or a resort and want to cast a line from a private beach, check with the staff what the policies are on the premises. 

Fishing Tournaments in Punta Cana

A close-up of a hooked Marlin in the water

It’s no surprise that competitive fishing is big in Punta Cana, and how can it not be? Spring and summer are the busiest times of the year, both in and on the water, and there are seven tournaments of note you can participate in.

Come here anytime from March through August, and there’ll be some kind of competition taking place. The White Marlin Classic, The Big 5, and Punta Cana Blue Marlin are just a few of the most popular tournaments. Cabeza de Toro Billfish, Casa de Campo Blue Marlin, and the Billfish Shoot Out are also great options if you’re set on grappling with a Marlin that weighs hundreds of pounds.

Fishing in Punta Cana – Everything You Could Ever Imagine and More

An aerial view of white sandy beach and blue water in Punta Cana

Now that you know more about the fishing diversity Punta Cana offers, it’s easy to understand why everyone wants in. This amazing Caribbean destination has everything you need – pristine sand beaches, rich waters, and local hospitality all in one. Punta Cana is everything you could ever need and want from a perfect vacation, but just to be sure, you should try it yourself!

Have you been fishing in Punta Cana? What was your experience? Do you have any tips or tricks for your fellow anglers? Share your stories in the comments.

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Comments (72)
  • Nicole Taylor

    May 6, 2019

    Can frozen fish be brought to the US via our plane? Everything I have seen on social media states no, but the CBP site does not show any restrictions.

    https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/3619/kw/bring%20back%20fish%20from%20caribbean

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      Sean

      May 7, 2019

      Hello Nicole,

      Thanks for reading.

      Yes, according to the CBP you can bring frozen fish into the US on a plane. However, there are some restrictions when it comes to the airline carriers that would carry your fish.

      My suggestion would be to check any potential restrictions with your airline. I would suggest reading our recent article on how to prepare fish for your flight home.

      I hope you’ll find this helpful.

      Have a good one!

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  • Lynn Beck

    Aug 31, 2018

    We are planning a trip to Punta Cana the last of May 2019 at Paradisis. In addition to booking a guided trip, which we plan to do, what do you recommend nearby for fly fishing? Thanks!

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      Stefan

      Sep 10, 2018

      Hi, Lynn, thanks for reading the blog.

      I suggest taking a fly rod and trying out public beaches.
      There is a good number of Ladyfish and Pompano you can catch, but Permit and Tarpon are also an option.

      Besides public beaches, good places to try are Cap Cana and Cabo Engano.
      Make sure to stock on a variety of flies, ex Crazy Charlies, Lefty’s Deceivers, Gotchas. They certainly do the job!

      If you have any more questions, I’ll gladly help out.

      Tight lines and have a nice trip,
      Stefan

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  • Chris

    Mar 5, 2018

    Great article, full of inspiration and information.
    I did have a couple questions. We are staying at Barceló Bávaro Palace the end of June 2018.
    We plan on booking a trip or two with Atlantida but I was wondering if there was any fly fishing near our hotel Barceló Bávaro Palace?

    Thanks!

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      Stefan

      Mar 9, 2018

      Hi, Chris,

      I’m glad you liked the article. Is there anything else you think should be included in it to help other anglers in the future?

      To answer your question – there is a lot of discussion online about what to catch near the resort. You can go fishing on your own and get some fish on the fly, but it’s not easy to get a lot of game fish that way. Although, from time to time, anglers have managed to get Permit early in the morning, before the visitors hit the beach. Captain Anthony also offers fly fishing trips, but if you want to fish from the shore, he might have a better piece of advice. We’ve reached out to him and will get back to you.
      Stefan

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  • Jon Houdek

    Feb 22, 2018

    I’d be interested in snook and tarpon. What kind of rates do you have for them?

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      Lisa

      Feb 23, 2018

      Hi Jon,

      Take a look at Island Marina Punta Cana. Their 3-hour trip is pretty affordable and can put you on Snook or Tarpon.
      La Moñy here has a bigger boat if you want to have a party of up to 8 people.

      Let me know what you think,

      Lisa

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  • Jon Houdek

    Feb 21, 2018

    Are there any options for catching peacock bass?

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      Lisa

      Feb 22, 2018

      Hi Jon,

      Peacock Bass are not something you’ll be catching down there. What do you think about Bonefishing? And targeting Permit, Snook, and Tarpon just like these guys here?

      Let me know what you think,

      Lisa

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  • Graham Whelan

    Feb 7, 2018

    I will be going to Now Onyx in February and I’m wondering what options there are to fish right off the beach in front of the resort. I wen toast year and there’s a few reefs right off the beach but will it be allowed and also do I need a fishing permit. I will be bringing a fly rod and some flies but I’m not looking to go on a charter. What small fish can I target on the fly too?

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      Lisa

      Feb 8, 2018

      Hi Graham,

      Waves and winds can be a bit too active to cast a fly. You will need to check with the resort to see if they allow fly fishing there.

      Best regards,

      Lisa

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  • Terry

    Jan 7, 2018

    Staying in the Rio palace in Macao Bavaro in jan 2018 I will be taking an 8 foot spinning rod and some lures any advice on where to fish near hotel much appreciated thanks terry

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      Cat

      Jan 9, 2018

      Hi Terry,

      You can get some good surf fishing to the right of Macao Beach, by the rocks. This is a good place to catch Jacks, Snappers, and maybe also the occasional Permit and Tarpon. People generally advise getting out early to avoid the crowds.

      Let us know how you get on!

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  • Robert

    Dec 6, 2017

    Hey Tony,
    we are going to Cap Cana over New Year.
    Staying in the Secrets Cap Cana Resort. I am very much into spinfishing on the beach in the morning and evening hours.

    I read about the cap cana chanel – is it easy accessable and secure?

    What can you recommend to me/us?

    Furthermore we would love to go for an inshore fishing trip most probably for Tarpon and Snook.

    Thank you for your help

    Best regards
    Robert

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  • robert

    Nov 30, 2017

    Hey, I am going to Cap Cana (Secrets Resort) over New Year for 10 days. Will bring my fishing gear and try to fish from the beach with lures. (or natural bait) I have seen the cap cana marine area is quite close – is it allowed to fish there. Anything i have to take care of?! Snook and Barracuda are the main target fish…

    Thanks for any help in advance.

    Greetings from Austria
    Robert

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  • Robert Mcmahon

    Jul 11, 2017

    Absolutely don’t waste your money. I paid $640 for a half day to get one nibble. I know fishing is fishing but if you catch nada in the tropics you would think they would compensate you.

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      Josh from Chicago,IL US

      Jul 15, 2017

      Which service did you use Robert?

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  • Josh from Chicago,IL US

    Jun 3, 2017

    Hello Captain Anthony!

    I am an avid freshwater fisherman form the midwest. I will be visiting Punta Canta in late August 2017 for a friends birthday trip and just happen to stumble upon your blog. It is very informative and what I was looking for. I sport fish most of the time and would love to do the same in Punta Cana. The only downside is my limited funds due to the trip being short noticed. I am unfortunately the only fishing enthusiast out of my entire group so there is no way I could afford a charter and don’t want to waste hard earned money on some “guides” that won’t be able to show what Punta Cana fishing is all about.

    I take that the prize fish during late August is the Blue Marlin, but I don’t mind going for other salt water species. I am very open to different fishing methods, but my main focus is sharing experiences and landing some fish. What do you recommend for the budget conscious and do you offer anything for 1 person just looking to get his line wet? I am willing to bring you a Chicago Hot Dog too if that will help lower the costs 😀

    Thanks for the long read and tight lines
    -Josh

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  • Brian

    May 23, 2017

    Can your catch be fillet and packaged for airline transportation

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  • Brian

    May 21, 2017

    Greetings!

    A few question before heading your way:

    If billfish are “catch and release” which I understand the concept, why are they gaffed and brought on boats -i.e. Chapter Site photos and videos? This definitely taxes the fish after a long battle and gaffing it?

    Can your catch be shipped off the island or taken back via airlines?

    Best Regards

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      Cat

      May 22, 2017

      Hi Brian,

      Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t understand the health problems inherent with boating a billfish before release. Hopefully, as people become more educated about conservation we will see this happening less and less often.

      As far as importing seafood is concerned, the best option is to have it processed and shipped to your address. Otherwise, you could risk some problems at customs as you enter the country.

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  • Ron Sorensen

    May 20, 2017

    Tony- We’re in Punta Cana through May 28 in the area around Grande Bahia Principe. Do you have someone that can take us to the lagoon Nisibon for a half day one of these days? We have our own gear. 2 anglers (we’re both fly fishing guides- myself in Montana, and spend my winters in Patagonia guiding with my buddy Diego).

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  • Grant

    May 14, 2017

    We will be staying at the Occidental Punta Cana in May 29-June 03. My son and I wanted to fly fish from shore. Can you fish at the beach behind the hotel? Where else is there to fish, that is close and accessible to our hotel? Thanks

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  • Bill

    Mar 5, 2017

    We will be staying at Zoetry for 3 nights this week – fly fishing from the beach or one of their kayaks? Looks like a lagoon/river just NW of the hotel?

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      Cat

      Mar 6, 2017

      Bill,

      Why not try both! The hotel should be able to set you up with the gear you need, as well as giving you some advice about what’s biting best when you’re there. If by any chance you are also considering taking an offshore trip, there are some very popular boats right by your hotel.

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  • Al Messner

    Dec 31, 2016

    Some coworkers and I will be in Punta Cana March 2 -7. I have fished Cancun and Cabo San Lucas with little success. I would very much like to experience a successful fishing outing while in Punta Cana. I have always wanted to catch a Tarpon or Sailfish, but would really like to just catch something big! (Anything). I am from North Dakota, USA, and am an avid fisherman. What can you suggest? Thank you for your time!

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      Cat

      Jan 3, 2017

      Hi Al,

      Thanks for your comment. I’d recommend you take a look at Barbie – this is a boat that consistently gets people on fish. Please contact our helpful customer service team if you would like any help with the booking process.

      I hope this will be your chance to catch a really big fish! 🙂

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  • Chris W

    Aug 10, 2016

    Hi all, my family and I will be out vacationing in Punta Cana and I plan on getting out and fishing in the early and late hours. I will be staying in the Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda between
    08/13-08/19 and have read that there is a ship wreck somewhat close to
    shore. Are there flats accessible by wading this area? If they are not
    accessible by wading, do you have any recommendations on how to get
    there or which areas to target in general? Is it possible to take a kayak out in the morning?

    When it comes to tackle I am beginning to struggle a little bit
    considering I am a freshwater fisherman from Chicago. I am bringing a 7′ heavy travel rod with a 4000 sized reel spooled with 50lb braid and a 40 lb mono leader so I don’t think fighting a larger fish would be an issue. I prefer to fish with lures and have been trying to research casting jigs and heavy spoons but I am struggling to find exact names of what to look for when it comes to specific types and colors. Can you help me out with some recommendations on what kind of tackle to bring? How
    effective are crankbaits in the surf?

    If live bait is a necessity to produce fish I was planning to use a
    sabiki rig to catch any possible small fish on the bottom initially
    using shrimp (or whatever the restaurant can offer me the night
    before) and setting what I catch on a larger hook rigged through the
    spine and cast it out on above a pyramid sinker. What tactics would be most effective for which types of fish?

    Thank you for your time and hoping for more tight lines

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  • Chris Thompson

    Feb 21, 2016

    We will be staying in Punta Cana in 2 weeks and would like to do some fishing. Would it be possible to fish offshore or inland rivers? I get seasick but I love to fish. Any suggestions on where to rent equipment and where to go? Maybe a short guided charter for 4 hours or so? Thank you.

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      Xavier

      Feb 22, 2016

      Hi Chris, thanks for your question! We wouldn’t be able to advise on where to get shore fishing equipment (you can, however, check out my shore fishing recommendations in an above comment), but we can help out with charter fishing trips. I think a short trip on a big and stable vessel will be alright if you take some nausea medication and avoid acidic drinks on the morning of the trip. Big game fishing trips are available out of Bavaro or Cap Cana Marina in Punta Cana. My recommendation for the former is Big Marlin Punta Cana, and Barbie for the latter.
      An alternative would be something like a short inshore fishing trip. I would recommend The Reef for that. Get in touch with our customer service team for more info and help.

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  • Traci

    Feb 16, 2016

    My husband and I will be in Punta Cana at the Princess resort April 1-8. He is an avid fly fisher and I’d like to surprise him with a 1/2 day fly fishing excursion. What kind of money are we talking and how do I book that, arrange for transportation from our resort, etc.? I don’t fish but would love to come along for the ride.

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      Xavier

      Feb 22, 2016

      Hi Traci, thank you for the comment! Fly fishing options in Punta Cana are aplenty, but they will be a trip away from your resort, as charters in Bavaro are mostly big game. Our recommendation is The Reef, one of the boats from our trusted Tony Perez‘s fleet. Let our customer service team know if you need help!

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  • Adam

    Feb 15, 2016

    We will be staying at the Royal Suites Turquesa Feb 18-21. Are there any beach fishing or lagoon fishing opportunities in that area? Also, on the Rich & Famous inshore charter what fish species will be targeted during that time frame and is that trip a combination fishing and snorkiling trip or is that a differerent charter? Any help or advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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      Catherine Tyack

      Feb 16, 2016

      Hi Adam,
      On the Rich & Famous inshore trip in February you will be targeting species such as Snook, Tarpon, Bonitos, Jacks, Yellowtail Snappers, Barracudas and more. This is a great time of year for inshore fishing in the area so it should be a good trip! Their snorkeling tours are a different trip as they involve going to different areas. Taking a charter with them is really your best bet for inshore fishing in the area as the beaches near your hotel can be quite busy.
      If you have any more questions contact our customer service team and they will be able to help you out 🙂

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  • william rapson

    Feb 12, 2016

    I am interested in fishing Laguna de Nisibon or Laguna Cabeza de Toro for tarpon and snook. Will be in DR 2/20 to 28. Is that a good time for such fishing? BIll

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      Catherine Tyack

      Feb 16, 2016

      Hi William,

      Fishing for Tarpon and Snook is excellent in that area at this time of year. I hope you have a great time! If you’re looking for a trusted guide in the area, these listings are a good place to start.

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  • mark

    Jan 22, 2016

    total novice sea fisherman here from scotland would really appreciate any advice on fishing from the beach we are staying at ifa bavaro resort and spa from march 14, would really like info on lures (colour size weight) to bring and if i should use wire traces any information really! i’d also like to try a half day charter but a bit worried about getting seasick!

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      Xavier

      Jan 25, 2016

      Hi Mark,

      Thank you for your comment. For shore fishing, you’re going to want to use spinning gear about 10lbs test and metal leaders. You should expect reef fish and possibly some Barracuda at night. You should use natural bait rather than lures – shrimp or calamari will work. You can get these locally. As for charters, I wouldn’t worry much about sea sickness if you only do a half day. The nearshore seas tend to be very calm and you should consider a motion sickness pill before the trip, avoiding coffee and orange juice that morning as well, as these drinks are acidic and may be a good part of the cause of illness.

      Hope this helps. Get in touch with our customer service team if you’d like to book a charter.

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  • Jerry Bratkovich

    Jan 20, 2016

    My colleagues and I will be at the Club Med in Punta Cana 1/30-2/2 for company meeting. We have 1/2 days of free time the afternoon of 1/31 and morning of 2/1. A few of us are interested in near shore fishing (not enough time for Deep Sea) for Tarpon, Permit or any other game fish that will be active then. Can you provide information regarding charters/guides? Thanks.

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      Xavier

      Jan 21, 2016

      Hi Jerry, you can see all available charters right HERE. All guides offer half day (4h) deep sea charters, so you don’t have to limit yourself to nearshore trips.

      I recommend booking with Tony Perez – this is one of our most trusted captains down there and he has you covered whether you want to go for an inshore or deep sea trip.

      Get in touch with our customer service team if you’re interested.

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  • Jay

    Jan 8, 2016

    My wife and I will be staying in punta cana, bavero beach area jan 12 – 17. we will have a car and i will bring rods reels and hope to surffish early in morning and late in the. I also would like to fish for mahi mahi as well from a sciff. i plan to drive up to macao beach and fish as well as the shallows around bavero beach. Can i buy squid for bait somewhere? would that be a good choice tipped on a jig or cast spoons? i would really like to catch something from shore before we go out on a boat. any assistance is much appreciated.

    Jay

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      Catherine Tyack

      Jan 8, 2016

      Hi Jay, thanks for your comment. In terms of fishing for Mahi Mahi around Bavaro, you might want to consider going a bit bigger than a skiff to get safely into the offshore areas. Maybe try Shekinah, a popular charter that has caught some big Mahis lately.
      The wind can be quite strong when you’re fishing from the shore so you’ll need quite a heavy lure. It should be possible to get bait in the area and shrimp sounds like a good option – contact your accommodation for specific information about where to find it in the area. It might be worth bringing some plastics too just in case.

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  • James Purcell

    Dec 16, 2015

    Trying to possibly book an inshore fishing trip for tarpon and snook for the week of 2-15-2016 through 2-19-2016

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      Catherine Tyack

      Dec 18, 2015

      Hi James,
      Maybe you’d like to try this nice looking skiff for some fun inshore fishing? If you’d like any more advice our customer service team is always here to help.

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  • Jack

    Nov 30, 2015

    Hello I will be staying in THE RESERVE AT PARADISUS PUNTA CANA I am bringing my fly rod is there any good spots to fly fish from the beach ?

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      Catherine Tyack

      Dec 18, 2015

      Hi Jack,
      I’m not sure about fly fishing from the beach but we have a variety of charter boats in the area who offer fly fishing and might be able to help you out with shore fishing opportunities if you book a charter with them: take a look here.

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  • Kyle

    Oct 29, 2015

    Hi, I will be staying in Cabarete from Nov. 22 – 29 and will be bringing my fly rod. I am from south Louisiana and spend nearly every weekend chasing Redfish and Speckled Trout in my kayak. I would love to get on some snook and tarpon. Any advice?

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      Dino

      Nov 2, 2015

      Hi Kyle,

      Your timing is spot on, as both Snook and Tarpon should be in season late November. Unfortunately, most Captains that we work with in the Puerto Plata area run deep sea trips so I can’t really recommend a charter, but be sure to ask at the reception or the dock for some local tips and hotspots. Good luck!

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  • Zach

    Aug 14, 2015

    Hello, I will be staying near puerto plata in July of 2016, my dad has been on 4 bill fishing trips and has not caught one, would it be worth it to try to catch a billfish in this area on a private charter

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      Dino

      Aug 18, 2015

      Hi Zach,

      What I can tell you is that – in general – July should be a great time for chasing Blues in Puerto Plata, and I’d advise at least an 8hr trip if you choose to do so. Still, as I’m sure you know, no one can guarantee a Marlin on any given day; if you want to play it safe, it’s probably best if you waited a month or so before the trip to make a commitment, so you can see what’s been biting recently. I wouldn’t prolong booking a trip too much on the other hand, as some charters can get booked a few weeks or more in advance during high season.

      Good luck!

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  • Sam

    Aug 4, 2015

    I also submitted an email through Tony’s website. But here are my questions. I have a group of 4 that will be in Punta Cana Dec 16-23. We are looking to book a private 8hr charter dor deep sea fishing. We are ok with catching larger Mahi and Wahoo, but of course our preference is billfish (any variety). I am pretty serious fisherman and would rather have a few memorbable, large fish than 50 little 2lb Mahi. Is this realistic? Also, I am concerned with swells while out at sea. Though I am experienced, the other 3 are not as seasoned. Would it be better to book the day before, while already in Punta Cana? So we can read the weather? Are there smooth days in December? Reviews made it seem as if to expect 6-8ft seas every day.

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      Dino

      Aug 11, 2015

      Hi Sam,

      December is a great time for big game fishing in DR, not the greatest for Billfish in particular though. There’s a possibility of going after Sailfish, but a safer bet would defiinitely be to target Mahis and Wahoo instead. 30-40lbs Mahis are pretty common that time of year: there’s also a fair chance of scoring some 50+ pounders, but that’s not something the captain or anyone can really guarantee.

      The swells in Puta Cana are usually around 4-6 feet (these are considered standard fishing conditions). Even though there’s often little wind, the sea itself can be quite rough since it is open towards Atlantic. If your friends are not used to such seas, I think an 8-hour trip could be too much even if they take Dramamine. As for booking in advance, that’s always a preferred option, since there’s a tendency for the Captains to be unavailable a few days or even weeks ahead, depending on the season. When booking with Captain Tony, if the weather conditions prove unreliable, you can either ask for a refund or try to reschedule if you’re flexible with dates.

      Hope that helps!

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  • Willie Marlin

    Jun 9, 2015

    Hello, my wife and I are planning a trip tp Punta Cana in September of 2015. Although I know this is traditionally an off season time to come, are there any charters that you can recommend that will take us both out for deep sea bottom / fishing for Mahi etc. and provide the possibility of fly fishing or spinner fishing on the same trip out. Looking forward to booking something very soon.

    Thanks

    Willie

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      Dino

      Jun 11, 2015

      Hi Willie,

      Though you’re right about September not being peak season for most species (Yellowfins, Sailfish and White Marlin are all scarce), Blue Marlin should still be around, as should Mahis and Wahoo, at least the smaller specimen. Still, I’m not sure many charters could/would be willing to accommodate both deep sea and inshore/fly fishing during the same outing. What I can suggest looking into is a 42′ Hook ‘Em Up for a deep sea trip and a 19′ Mako for your fly fishing excursion. That should be one of the cheapest combinations I can think of. Hope that helps!

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  • angie

    Jun 8, 2015

    We will be at the exellence hotel
    Sept 13-20 what’s good fishing that time of year. We are coming on our honeymoon and I’d like to book a fishing trip or shark fishing for my fiance. Not sure who to contact to book this trip and a price.

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      Dino

      Jun 8, 2015

      Hi Angie,

      Congrats on getting married! September marks the end of the Blue Marlin season, so if big game fishing is something your fiance enjoys, he should feel right at home. Although it might be a bit early for big Dorados and Wahoo, smaller specimen are likely to already be cruising the reefs during your stay. As for charter suggestions, the closest deep sea charter to your resort that I can recommend is Los Vinchi 2 – a 34ft vessel captained by Ramon Belen, who’s been fishing the local waters for over 12 years now. As you can see from the photos, they catch a lot of Mahi 🙂 You can get in touch with the Captain Hope that helps and have a great honeymoon!

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  • sheila blair-reid

    Feb 27, 2015

    Is there bone fishing in Punta Cana?

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      Dino

      Mar 16, 2015

      Hi Sheila,

      More than a few! Bones can be caught virtually all year round, however your success will rely substantially on the overall weather conditions once you get there. That’s where an experienced guide like Tony really comes in handy 🙂

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  • David Jones

    Jan 22, 2015

    How much is it per person? How many people per trip? How long is a half day?

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  • Jesper Traun

    Jan 15, 2015

    Do you know if there any beach fishing opportunities in Las Terranes in January and December?
    I would like to catch snooks, but i dont know when and where. I would also like to target jacks, redfish, tarpons or permits if possible. Any suggestions? Regards Jesper

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      Dino

      Jan 28, 2015

      Hi Jesper,

      In Las Terranas, Tony says you can catch plenty of fish from the shore at old town bridge or mouth! Snook is abundant almost all year round, but Tony says time of the day is of the essence for Snook fishing – try to go fishing either early in the morning or late in the afternoon to have the best shot at catching one. Tight lines!

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  • Gord Weber

    Jan 8, 2015

    tony, How is the flats/wading. I will be there January 28/15. Interested in tarpon, permit and bone.Can you help?

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      Dino

      Jan 27, 2015

      Hi Gord,

      Tarpon and Bonefishing is a year-round activity in Punta Cana, and Tony’s newest addition to the fleet, the Rich and Famous, is an ideal choice for fly fishing in the area. Bonefish bites tend to be more dependent on the specific weather conditions, so feel free to give Tony a call to discuss the best time to go after the Bones.

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  • David Jones

    Jan 5, 2015

    I would like to fish in early Feb 2015. I am staying at the Riu Palace Macao. I would prefer inshore fishing because I like to catch a lot of fish versus 2-3 big ones. I would also considering a charter that strictly tries to catch Mahi Mahi.

    Any suggestions on which charters you would recommend for the above mentioned?

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      Dino

      Jan 7, 2015

      Hi David,

      For that type of fishing, consider Captain Anthony’s catamaran, the “Rich and Famous” . It’s a brand new addition to Tony’s fleet that specializes in inshore fishing, and has had an excellent track record with Dorados for the last couple of months. Also, Mahi season usually spans from October ’till March, so your timing couldn’t be better!

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  • Erik Owen

    Oct 15, 2014

    Are there any beach fishing opportunities from Excellence Punta Cana with a fly rod? Erik

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      Dino

      Oct 22, 2014

      H Erik, here’s the reply from Captain Tony himself:

      Near the Excellence Punta Cana is La Laguna de Nisibon (the Nisibon lagoon – saltwater ocean entry to the lagoon) good for Tarpon, Snooks, Cobia , little sharks, Catfish, Loro fish, Yellowtail Snapper and more. There’s no specific tour for that lagoon, but I fish a lot there and its a great spot. Also, if you’d like, we can pick you up and arrange the boat for flats and gear. Tight lines!

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      Shawn Erie

      May 16, 2015

      We will be at the Excellance Resort July 13-25. 2015 for our honeymoon. Can I bring a fly rod with me and fish at the resort? We are planning a half day charter as well, what’s in season and who’s got the best “bang for the Buck”
      Would love a response
      Thank you

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      Dino

      May 21, 2015

      Most resorts don’t really let you fish on their property, although I’m not sure about the Excellence Resort in particular. Still, there are usually some great honey holes around the hotels; I suggest checking at the reception, as they usually know best.

      As for charter recommendations, I’d suggest a smaller inshore vessel such as the Rich and Famous , which specializes in fly and bottom fishing. July marks the peak season for a variety of both inshore and deep sea game fish, including Amberjack, Snapper, Marlin, Barracuda and more. Happy fishing!

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      John venza

      Apr 5, 2016

      Will be there 5/11-15 at tortuga bay. Would like to do half day charter focused on wahoo

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      Xavier

      Apr 5, 2016

      Hi John,

      La Vikinga is the boat to charter. Very affordable prices for a boat built for offshore sportfishing. Captain Tony will be happy to take care of you and put you on some big Wahoo!

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