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Fishing in Cozumel

The island of Cozumel is one of the most famous fishing locations this side of Mexico – and for good reason, too! It’s surrounded by a variety of impressively diverse waterways. There’s the majestic coral reef, deep offshore waters, and plenty of winding inshore flats and lagoons. Whatever type of adventure you’re looking for, hop aboard a Cozumel fishing charter and you’ll find it!
There’s always something biting here, but if it’s Billfish or a big game bonanza you’re after, an offshore angling adventure during the summer months is especially productive. Thanks to this island’s proximity to seriously deep waters, you’ll be able to start dropping your lines around half an hour from shore. Expect to encounter Mackerel and Tuna around the reefs, as well as Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, Wahoo, and Marlin in deeper waters.
If you’re more of an inshore fanatic, however, Cozumel still has plenty of exciting action to offer. There are flats located within walking distance from the center of town, as well as northern fish-filled lagoons. You’ll have the chance to target a variety of prized game fish, including Permit, Snook, Mangrove Snapper, Bonefish, Jack Crevalle, and even the mighty “Silver King” (Tarpon). 
Cozumel’s many charter captains offer trips that run anywhere from 4–8 hours. You’ll be able to hit deep offshore waters on a shorter trip, but anglers looking for a brag-worthy catch should opt for a full day. The same goes for inshore fishing. Although newbies and families can get acquainted with the flats and lagoons on a half day trip, a full day is the best option for anglers wanting to hook a whole host of famous fish.

Rules & Regulations

You’ll need a valid Mexico fishing license to cast a line here, and the vast majority of Cozumel fishing charters will provide this for you. 
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Cozumel Fishing Seasons


If you're thinking of Ffshing in Cozumel in January, lucky you! Escape the new year blues and hit the water for some fast trolling action. Wahoo and Kingfish are waiting around the reefs.


February is a slow month in Cozumel, by which we mean there is "only" one Billfish around in big numbers, the Sailfish. Mardis Gras also usually falls in February, and Carnaval is something you can't miss!

Fishing in Cozumel during March is plentiful no matter what kind of angling action you prefer. Bonefish, Snook, and Permit crowd the flats, with a fair few Tarpon too. Offshore you have Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, Tuna, and Marlin.

This is when the offshore fishing season really gets going! White Marlin are hitting their peak, Sailfish are biting hard, and Blue Marlin start to show up in big numbers towards the end of the month.


The Rodeo de Lanchas Mexicanas bring anglers from across the country and beyond in May, with big prizes and even bigger fish! Do you have what it takes to be crowned king or queen of the rodeo?


If you are around in June it would be rude to ignore the festival of San Pedro and San Pablo. Two of Mexico's most important saints are honored every year with floats, rides, music, and dancing. 


Offshore you have Blue and White Marlin, Sailfish, Tuna, and Mahi Mahi. Inshore, there's Snook, Permit, Tarpon, and Bonefish. If you can stand the heat you'll be well-rewarded during this time of year!


The Billfish action starts to drop off and the reefs start to pick up. You have a chance of catching pretty much everything in August, from Mahi Mahi, to Wahoo, to tasty Snapper and Grouper, and plenty more.


Snapper, Grouper, Amberjack, and Barracuda swarm the deep-water reefs from September onwards. The shallows are packed with great game fish like Bonefish and Permit.


The reefs really hit their stride in October, making for great food fishing. Offshore, large King and Sierra Mackerel start showing up, as well as the first of the Wahoo.


Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is one of Mexico's most important celebrations, and certainly its most iconic. Things are far from dead on the water, with massive Wahoo smoking reels offshore.


Fishing in Cozumel in December is just about the best way to spend the holiday season. Target huge Wahoo, Kingfish, Snapper, and Grouper, or hit the shallows for some serious Bonefishing.

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Reviews of Fishing in Cozumel

Mahi Mahi bite was on for us
Kevin K. fished with Aquadventures - 30' Grand Slam on May 6, 2019
Stay in Cozumel and fish there. We stayed south of Playa and it was too much traveling early in the morning for my family with a 3 year old.
Full day
Steven K. fished with Aquadventures – Why Knot? on July 24, 2018
Have fun they will take care of everything else
Two Day Trip
Monty M. fished with Aquadventures - 30' Grand Slam on July 10, 2018
Get ready to catch fish. This crew will work hard to put you on fish.
Half Day Mahi Mahi!!!
Malissa B. fished with Aquadventures – Why Knot? on July 6, 2018
Have fun!!! It’s fishing!! Not Catching!! Enjoy the water and time spent with friends and family!! But these guys will put you on fish!
Half day
Todd G. fished with Aquadventures - 30' Grand Slam on January 23, 2018
I went for bigger fish only so maybe next time go all day. Fish big fish first then finish up bottom fishing. I would still recommend going. Great crew Thanks Todd
Great trip with Augusto and Victor
Robert H. fished with Aquadventures - 30' Grand Slam on January 14, 2018
Get on the Grand Slam with Augusto and Victor.
5 hr. Trip with Sergio
Connie H. fished with Reel Dreams Fishing Cozumel on May 22, 2017
We would suggest a morning trip, seems like fish are more active
Half day trip with Captain Pedro, Grand Slam ROCKS
Robert B. C. fished with Aquadventures - 30' Grand Slam on January 25, 2017
Most definitely try to book the Grand Slam and Captain Pedro

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