If you are planning on fishing while in Cozumel then congratulations, you have figured out what the island was made for. From the shallow flats to the deep reefs and beyond, Cozumel is surrounded on all sides by the dream conditions for many of the world’s favorite fishing styles.
One of the hardest parts of Cozumel fishing is simply deciding where to do it, with amazing fish found at any depth of water. But don’t worry, that’s why we’re here! Let us break down your options for you and you can decide what sounds best (it’s going to be a tough choice).
What can I do on a half day?
Cozumel’s flats are so close to town you could practically walk to them. A half day trip will give you plenty of time to head to the more remote points and get away from the crowds. Cozumel’s northern lagoons are the dream habitat for shallow-water fish and you will encounter Permit, Snook, Tarpon, Bonefish, Mangrove Snappers, Jacks - the list just keeps going!
Fancy setting your hook into something a little bigger? One of the many things that makes Cozumel special is that you can climb aboard for some big game billfishing action and have your lines in the water within half an hour. This makes targeting apex pelagic species viable even on a half day. Alternatively, you can hit the reef and be back by lunchtime with enough fish to feed half the hotel, let alone the family.
What if I stay out longer?
Most guides will recommend going out for a full day trip. This isn’t just their way of making an extra buck, though. The reason a lot of Cozumel flats fishing charters run for seven or eight hours is that this is the ideal place to catch all the top inshore game species in one day. With a bit of skill and a lot of luck (the line between the two blurs so easily) you could be in with a chance with catching Tarpon, Permit, Bonefish, and Snook - All on the same trip!
If you can’t decide between the deep seas and the reefs, our recommendation would be to go for a full day trip. Get out to the pelagic waters while you are still fresh and ready, then once your arms are aching from fighting billfish you can switch to the reef to catch yourself some dinner. If you are serious about catching a monster, you can stay in the deep waters all day and will be rewarded with Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Marlin, Sailfish, King Mackerel, and Tuna. Boy, do we love this place!
How much will it cost?
If you are fishing inshore, you can expect to pay around $250-300 for a half day trip. Most inshore boats are pretty basic, but that’s really all you need. The cost of offshore charters very much depends on the size of the boat, starting just under $500 for something in the 30’ range.
A good reason to stay out longer on an inshore trip is that it doesn’t cost much more. Your average three-man skiff will cost around $400-450 for an eight hour trip. For offshore charters, full days start at around $650 and can go well into four digits on larger boats. You do get your money’s worth on the bigger vessels, with professional crews, 5-star service, and food and drinks as standard.