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Fishing in Cancún
Cancun may be the most popular vacation spot in the whole of the Caribbean, but when it comes to fishing, it might just be Mexico’s best-kept secret. Located on the northeast coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, it is right on the migratory route of some of the world’s hottest pelagic fish. And with a band of resorts stretching southwards down the Riviera Maya, Cancun fishing is easily accessed by travelers from the world over.
Cancun is growing a name for itself as one of the best places in the world to catch a Billfish Grand Slam and an Inshore Grand Slam in the same day. The city boasts outstanding spring and summer Billfish seasons, although consistent schools of Mahis, Wahoo and Tuna make up its marine smorgasbord all year round. If you thought Cancun was busy on the ground, just wait till you first leave the marina!
Inshore, Isla Mujeres and Isla Bianca boast some of the best fishing in the world for Bonefish, Tarpon, Permit, and Snook. While Isla Bianca is slightly further away, it is worth the 25 mile drive. The Isla Bianca Lagoon is a 12 mile stretch of grass, mud, and sand flats that create the perfect conditions for light tackle and fly fishing. Closer to home, the Nichupté Lagoon is a hotspot for big Permit and some of the best Cancun flats fishing.
While the inshore fishing is undeniably incredible, the most popular Cancun fishing tours tend to focus on the pelagic bite offshore. Many charters will start trolling shortly after leaving the marina, before heading to the best spots for Marlin, Sailfish, Wahoo, and Dorado, depending on what is in season. Bottom fishing can also be very productive and is often the fishing technique of choice in the winter.
Land-based fishermen will enjoy fishing the two bridges in the area: Punta Calinda and Punta Nizuc. These span the migratory routes of fish such as Tarpon, Snook, Jack Crevalle, Snappers, and Barracudas. Some beaches can also have good results, especially when tourist season is off-peak. Generally, look for quiet spots to the east side of the beaches - here you can target Snappers and Permit. Just watch out for crocodiles if you’re wading in the lagoon!
Rules & Regulations
All anglers fishing in Mexico must purchase a fishing license, which can be obtained online at the ‘Conapesca’ government agency or at the marina. Many Cancun fishing charters can sort out licenses for their guests and will either include this service in the trip price or charge an additional fee.
Land based fishermen: it is strictly prohibited to practise sportfishing within 250 meters of swimmers. Make sure to fish in quiet areas - it makes sense!
Types of Fishing
The best offshore sport fishing in Cancun tends to take place from 15-35 miles from shore. This means that longer trips are highly recommended for people whose sights are set on a Billfish. Most Cancun deep sea fishing charters troll with live bait such as Bonito and Blue Runners, although dead Ballyhoos, cut bait, and artificial lures with skirts and teasers are also popular.
Anglers who want to try surf fishing should load up with shrimp and squid for the best reaction from the local Snappers and Permit. Artificial lures such as spinners and jigs are also popular.
For fans of fly fishing, Cancun doesn’t disappoint. A 9 ft 10 wt rod is recommended for people targeting Permit and Juvenille Tarpon, with Bonefish responding best to an 8 or 9 wt rod and larger Tarpon needing heavier. Top fly choices include Crazy Charlies, Christmas Island Specials, Bonefish Clousers, and Toad Flies.
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