Explore the untouched crystal clear waters of the Caribbean with Happy Fisherman Charters. Offshore from the deser island of Cozumel, you’ll be alone for miles as you target enormous exotic fish in the open seas. Captain Alfonso Novelo is a 3rd generation fisherman from the island, so has salt water in his blood. He knows all the best spots and tricks to catch the biggest, and can’t wait to show you his secrets.

Leave the beaches behind aboard a luxurious 33’ Stapelton flybridge boat. Powered by a 285 HP Caterpillar 3208 engine, you’ll whizz to the hottest spots with only one thing in mind: fishing fun. The boat is comfortably furnished and you can take advantage of the multi-media system and connect your tunes. With drinks, including beers and Margaritas, served by the first mate, you’ll be glad there’s a toilet on board too.

When you reach the productive waters, you’ll troll from the onboard outriggers. Make use of the flybridge to spot your target fish, and settle into the fighting chair as you battle it out against a monster. From January thru July, magnificent Marlin and stunning Sailfish will be on offer. These are prized catches for even the most experienced of anglers, so you’ll have a great story to tell.

There are plenty of other exciting species to target too, and you can try bottom fishing for some world-famous fish. The rapid Barracuda and tough-fighting Wahoo will be a match for anyone after biting the end of the line. You could also catch plenty of Tuna, just be prepared for a huge struggle to reel in the biggest of them.

Whether it’s a delicious fish, or a great story to tell, you won’t leave empty-handed. The crew will clean and prepare your catch at the end of the day for you to take to a restaurant. After a long workout, settle down with a drink in hand and not a care in the world! Longer trips even include a feast of sandwiches and guacamole. A true Mexican experience awaits with Happy Fisherman Charters!



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  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $430
    What better way to start the day and wake up than by setting offshore with the sea breeze in your face? This 4-hour trip gives you the opportunity to get offshore and indulge in some exciting fishing, as you go after Billfish like Marlin and Sailfish, delicious game fish like Mahi Mahi, and exceptional reef fish like Wahoo and Barracuda.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $430
    Spend your afternoon exploring the untouched waters off the coast of Conzumel, taking in the tropical head, waters, and fish. Try trolling the tops to attract some big game fish, including Billfish during the first half of the year. Try bottom fishing the reefs to go for exciting species, like Barracuda and Wahoo.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $585
    A 6-hour trip gives you more time to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the Caribbean. Along with drinks, including beer and Margaritas, you'll be treated to sandwiches and guacamole on this trip. You'll sure be hungry after you've spent some time reeling in some exceptional game fish from Wahoo to Sailfish, Barracuda to Marlin.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $685
    Experience the Caribbean as it should be done. Head off from the near-desert island of Cozumel to the even quieter, clear waters. Try bottom fishing the reefs for quick and challenging fish, like Wahoo and Barracuda, or wait to hear the sound of the reels kick into action as you troll for prestigious Billfish, like Marlin and Sailfish. You could even catch a few Tunas! You'll have earned your lunch of sandwiches and guacamole, and relax with a drink on the way back to shore.
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About the Captain

Alfonso Novelo
Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Angler's Choice
25 Customer reviews
Response time 4 hours
Member since December 2018
My experience in sportfishing began with my grandfather and my father who are men of the sea. Of course, they are very recognized captains on the island of Cozumel. What started as a hobby became work that we enjoyed a lot. Since I was a child, sportfishing was instilled in me, and I'm delighted to continue doing it. Sportfishing is my passion, but I adhere to the rules of safety and care of the environment. These are essential rules that must be followed all the time. Going out fishing with the Happy Fisherman crew, you'll have the opportunity to get the best specimens of each species as well as having a nice time on the open seas. We have the best sportfishing equipment. You won't have to worry, the fishing rods and lures are part of the rent of the boat.

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Targeted species

Barracuda (Great) Great Barracuda
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Marlin (Blue) Blue Marlin
Marlin (White) White Marlin

Boat specs

Stapelton (Flybridge) originally built in 1996. Powered by a 285HP Caterpillar 3208 engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 18 knots.

Length
33 ft
Capacity
5 persons

Types of fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Drift Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing
80 feet

Amenities

Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Snorkeling Equipment

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Shimano
Live Bait
Occasionally
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
Water, sodas, beer, Margaritas
First Mate
Fishing License

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 14 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 14 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:

Cash
Bank Transfer

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.7 / 5
out of 5 stars from 25 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Photos & videos by reviewers (29)
Cozumel - Fantastic 6h trip
Cozumel - Fantastic 6h trip
Cozumel - Fantastic 6h trip
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Angler Rating
18
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
95%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
96%
Appropriate for children
85%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
60%
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Jake L.
Clemmons, NC
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

8 Hour Trip

VERIFIED   NEW  Full Day Trip on July 19, 2022
Captain Alfonso (or “Chucho”) was very accommodating of our cruise ship schedule. We made arrangements to be back to the...
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JR E.
Eagle Mountain, UT
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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8 hr Combo Trip

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on March 8, 2022
We booked an 8 hr combo trip with the Happy Fisherman March 8th 2022. We were picked up at our resort pier which was very helpful,...
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Patrick G.
Houston, TX
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Experience:
Very good
4.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Cozumel - Fantastic 6h trip

VERIFIED   NEW  3/4 Day Trip on August 5, 2022
Although it wasn’t the best day of fishing, the crew tried all the tricks to hook something. Rerouting to other spots, seeked...
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Malari W.
Houston, TX
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Half day trip

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on July 7, 2022
Book NOW!!! Seriously stop looking and book, you will have the best trip. My sister and I took a trip with Captain Alfonzo...
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Bryan C.
Wasilla, AK
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Fishing with Alfonso on the Happy Fisherman

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on May 11, 2022
My wife and I booked a 3/4 day trip with the Happy Fisherman and had a blast.  We were lucky enough to catch the only fish...
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FAQs about Happy Fisherman Charters

Happy Fisherman Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $430 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $430 per group - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $585 per group - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $685 per group - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Happy Fisherman Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • Fighting Chair
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Flybridge
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Live Bait Well
  • Multimedia System Bluetooth
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box Cooler
  • Life Jackets

Trips booked with Happy Fisherman Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Shimano)
  • Live Bait (Occasionally )
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks (Water, sodas, beer, Margaritas)
  • First Mate
  • Fishing License

Happy Fisherman Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing

Happy Fisherman Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Drift Fishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing (80 feet)

Top targeted fish species with Happy Fisherman Charters include:
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Marlin (Blue)
  • Marlin (White)
  • Sailfish
  • Tuna (Blackfin)
  • Tuna (Yellowfin)
  • Wahoo