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Mexico fishing charters tick all the boxes on most anglers’ sportfishing bucket lists. From its winding mountain rivers, across the vast lakes, to its two oceans and multiple seas – you won’t know where to look when choosing where to go! This country’s angling opportunities are so vast, that there’s something for everyone. 
 
We’ll start with the bluewater bite. The Pacific’s bays offer up prime Calico, Corvina, Seabass, Jack, Snook, and Roosterfish action. Head to the Caribbean and Gulf side, and it’ll be Bonefish, Permit, and Tarpon. Wherever you are, the reefs will offer up Groupers and Snappers, with pelagic monsters such as Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Tuna, Sailfish, and Striped, Blue, Black, and White Marlin on offer around the country!
 
When it comes to freshwater fishing, Largemouth Bass is the name of the game in most places. However, Catfish, Carp, and even exotic creatures like Rainbow Bass, and Tilapia are on offer in some spots. Your best bet for finding a freshwater charter is on the lakes, with Mexican fishing guides few and far between on the rivers.
 
With so many fishing grounds, it’s no surprise that Mexico fishing charters offer a range of options. In some places, such as the Sea of Cortez or Riviera Maya, the big game action takes place just a few miles from shore. That means that a trip as little as four hours could land you a trophy! However, usually, you’ll see shorter trips tailored to families and beginners, and trips between 6–12 hours for the more experienced.

 

Rules & Regulations

If you’re fishing from a boat in Mexico, then you’ll need a license. These are often covered by your charter, but not always, so it’s worth checking before you go. Each angler can keep a maximum of five fish in freshwater, and ten in saltwater. However, you can only have five of each species, and one Billfish counts as half your daily limit. 
 
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January

Striped Marlin, Hammerhead Sharks, and Wahoo patrol the deep waters around Cabo. Puerto Vallarta is great for Black Marlin and Sailfish. Inshore, this is a perfect time for Snook fishing in Riviera Maya.

February

Striped Marlin and Sharks bite hard in Cabo San Lucas. Jack Crevalle join the Snook on Riviera Maya’s flats. You can catch the last of the winter Sailfish and Black Marlin bite in Puerto Vallarta.

March

March brings tasty Yellowtail to Cabo, just as Snapper and Grouper show up on the reefs. The first of the Marlin show up in Playa Del Carmen and Cozumel, just as the Billfish leave Banderas Bay.

April

Striped Marlin show no signs of leaving Baja California, and Puerto Vallarta’s reefs are full of fish. In the Caribbean, Permit, Tarpon, Snook, and Jack Crevalle are all around in big numbers.

May

Hundreds of boats swarm the island of Cozumel for the Rodeo de Lanchas Mexicanas (Mexican Boat Rodeo). Meanwhile, fly anglers head to Tulum for the Ascension Bay Permit Tournament.

June

Snook, Roosterfish, Sierra Mackerel, and Jack Crevalle offer epic shore fishing in Cabo. On the other side of the country, Blue and White Marlin, Sailfish, and Mahi Mahi will put your skills to the test in Cancun.

July

July offers the best Tarpon fishing Mexico sees all year long in Cozumel’s shallow flats. It’s not just Tarpon, either. Bonefish, Permit, Snook, and Jacks are all waiting – if you can take the heat!

August

Blue Marlin explode onto the scene in the Pacific, just as the Bisbee’s East Cape Offshore kicks off Cabo’s tournament season. All your inshore favorites are still in town in Riviera Maya.

September

Across the country, locals celebrate Diez y Seis, Mexico’s Independence Day. Crowds gather at midnight on the 15th to utter the grito (shout) that started the revolution. Expect fireworks, music, and dancing.

October

There’s only one event on everyone’s mind: the Bisbee’s Black & Blue. With millions of dollars in prizes and all the biggest names in sportfishing, this is unlike any other tournament on the planet.

November

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is Mexico’s most iconic festival. Watch costumed crowds parade through the streets after an awesome day offshore in Cabo or fishing the reefs in Riviera Maya.

December

Fancy something a little different this Christmas? How about beaches and fresh Tuna steaks? December has the best Tuna fishing Mexico sees all year, with Yellowfin and Albacore across the Pacific Coast.

Mexico Fishing Calendar

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Off Season day trip
Alan G. fished with Keen M Sport Fishing on September 27, 2021
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If you are looking to catch bill fish come at the right time of year. Just wanting to catch reef fish great anytime.
Great crew! Smooth sailing and excellent fishing.
Cathy C. fished with La Guaycura Sports Fishing on September 22, 2021
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Take dramamine. The first time I went, I got so seasick. This time, the dramamine did the trick!
Great trip!
Aaron C. fished with La Chulada Tours on September 21, 2021
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Yes, it was a great time and good fishing.
First time ocean fishing
Jeronimo R. fished with SportfishingCancun - Mamacita on September 18, 2021
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Wouldn’t suggest if you are known to get motion sickness. I was fine but it’s a hour ride back so it’s not the best if you don’t feel well
Half Day Trip with Captain Gabriel.
Sergio R. fished with Super Panga Tres Estrellas on September 18, 2021
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Bring your hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and snacks.
Great 8hr Fishing Trip!
Jeremy K. fished with Burton lll Sport Fishing on September 6, 2021
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Booking a trip with Captain Mario on the Burton III
Half day trip with Captain Mike
LAWRENCE N. fished with Lucky Sport Fishing Baja on September 6, 2021
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Get out there early and dress appropriately. Sunscreen, hats, and pants, we also took something just in case seasickness might set in.
Half day trip
Michael J. fished with Manny Tours on August 16, 2021
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Easy to book. Easy to find. Great experience.

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Mexico

According to customer reviews, Black Marlin Sportfishing, BlueSea sportfishing, and Knotty Hooker Charters – Reel Hooker are some of the most popular fishing charters in Mexico. Full list of top fishing charters in Mexico.

Black Marlin Sportfishing, BlueSea sportfishing, and Knotty Hooker Charters – Reel Hooker all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Mexico.

The best way to experience fishing in Mexico is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Mexico.

The top 8 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in Mexico are:

Across the country, locals celebrate Diez y Seis, Mexico’s Independence Day. Crowds gather at midnight on the 15th to utter the grito (shout) that started the revolution. Expect fireworks, music, and dancing. Check availability for local fishing charters in Mexico.