Explore the fishing abundance of Playa del Carmen with knowledgeable Gardi Crew! These guys have years of experience in the local waters and they’re experts in putting their customers on the best bite around.

Captain Joel and his first mate will welcome you aboard their 26’ Imemsa center console “Dory.” The boat is well-suited for different types of fishing and rigged with an 85 HP Yamaha engine. There’s room on board to fit up to 4 anglers, as well as all the necessary fishing equipment.

You’ll have a fighting chair to help you fight the giants of the deep, excellent navigational electronics, and outriggers to cover more water. Live bait, lures, and quality rods and reels are also provided, so you don’t have to lug your own. If you’d like, you can also combine fishing and snorkeling on your trip, the captain will have snorkeling gear for everyone.

When it comes to the fish you’ll be targeting, suffice it to say that there’s a species galore in these prolific waters. Depending on your fishing appetite and how much time you want to spend on the water, you can chase anything from King Mackerel and Mahi Mahi to Amberjack and Black Grouper.

On full day trips, Billfish and Tuna are the stars of the show, especially White Marlin, Blue Marlin, and Sailfish. They are the most prized catches, both because they’re relentless fighters and they can grow to be giant. Hooking one of those is a feat of strength and skill, which is why seasoned anglers often choose the full day trips.

When you come back to land, the crew will clean and fillet whatever you decide to keep, so that you can enjoy the fruits of your hard work the very same day. Capt. Joel will take care of everything you need for your fishing expedition – licenses, boat, gear, drinks, expert advice – and all you have to think about is what snacks to bring.

Ready for your next fishing bonanza? Hop aboard and let Gardi Crew lead the way!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $480
    If you've come to Mexico to hook your next trophy, this 8-hour expedition is exactly what you need! Capt. Joel will take you to some of the most productive fishing grounds in the area, where you can target all the prized sport fish. Sailfish, Blue and White Marlin, Tuna, and giant Mahi Mahi are all there for the taking, you just have to take your pick. Before you come aboard, stock up on snacks and food, and leave everything else in the crew's capable hands.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $380
    Start your morning with a rod in your hand and the day can only get better from there. You'll have 6 hours to chase various species and try out different techniques under the guidance of your experienced crew. Anything from King Mackerel and Wahoo to Amberjack, Mahi Mahi, and Triggerfish is in the cards. Capt. Joel will take care of licenses, gear, boat, and drinks, so buy some food for the trip and fish on!
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    $380
    More hours on the water means more chances to catch your next trophy, and this 6-hour trip gives you just that. Your crew will put you on the bite of all the local favorites like Barracuda, Amberjack, King Mackerel, Triggerfish, Wahoo, and of course, beautiful Mahi Mahi. Come aboard with a supply of snacks, and let the crew take care of everything else.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $280
    If you don't mind getting up early to get to the best morning bite in time, book this excursion. Meet up with Capt. Joel and have your lines in the water for Wahoo, bull Mahi Mahi, Amberjack, King Mackerel as the sun comes up. When you've had your share of fish fights, relax and go snorkeling in these pristine waters. The only thing you need are snacks, everything else is provided on board.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $280
    If you'd like to spend your afternoon fishing and snorkeling in the beautiful waters of Playa del Carmen, this excursion is a good choice for you. You'll fish for a variety of local species including Mahi Mahi, King Mackerel, Amberjack, and many more. When you want a break, grab snorkeling gear and jump into the water to swim with the local marine life. Everything is provided for you, so you just need to show up and enjoy.
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About the Captain

Salatiel Ku Caamal
Playa Del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico
11 Fishing Reports
385 Customer Reviews
Response time 1 hour
Member since July 2014
Captain Salatiel Ku Caamal or Captain Salas fell in love with fishing when he was a young boy. He had his first fishing trip at the age of 7 and has been hooked ever since. His passion and curiosity have never stopped growing. Captain Salas has over 16 years of experience in different types of fishing. He is more than familiar with trolling, bottom fishing, jigging, casting and other techniques. Whenever Salas invites his guests to step aboard his boat, he works hard to make sure everyone feels like home. He is a proud father and a family-oriented person.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Amberjack Amberjack
Barracuda (Great) Great Barracuda
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Black) Black Grouper

King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Marlin (Blue) Blue Marlin
Marlin (White) White Marlin
Sailfish Sailfish

Triggerfish (Gray) Gray Triggerfish
Tuna (Albacore) Albacore Tuna
Tuna (Blackfin) Blackfin Tuna
Wahoo Wahoo

Boat Specs

Imemsa Fiberglass (Center console) originally built in 2014. Powered by a 85HP Yamaha engine.

Length
26 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Jigging
Handline
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Fighting Chair
GPS
Snorkeling Equipment
Outriggers
Ice Box
Fighting Chair
GPS
Snorkeling Equipment
Outriggers
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
First Mate
Fishing License

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 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.
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Catch and Release Mandatory

Payment

Book with 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
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

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Customer Reviews

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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on November 14, 2020
Captain salas is very savvy, friendly, and hard working. The boat is fine, great value overall. Definitely recommend him.
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VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip (AM) on January 15, 2021
Nice guy, no fish. Trolled up and back in the same area and jigged in one spot.  Guess I’m spoiled by Florida Captains who...
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FAQs about Gardi Crew – 26'

Gardi Crew – 26' offers the following trips to customers:
  • $280 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $280 per group - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $380 per group - 3/4 Day Trip (PM) (6 hours)
  • $380 per group - 3/4 Day Trip (AM) (6 hours)
  • $480 per group - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Gardi Crew – 26', you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Fighting Chair
  • GPS
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Gardi Crew – 26' include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks (Beer, soft drinks & water)
  • First Mate
  • Fishing License

Gardi Crew – 26' offers the following types of fishing:
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing

Gardi Crew – 26' offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Jigging
  • Handline
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Gardi Crew – 26' include:
  • Amberjack
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Grouper (Black)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Marlin (Blue)
  • Marlin (White)
  • Sailfish
  • Triggerfish (Gray)
  • Tuna (Albacore)
  • Tuna (Blackfin)
  • Wahoo