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Top Fishing Charters in Isla Mujeres

Fishing in Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres is a paradise for water-lovers. Known for its beautiful beaches and vibrant reefs, it's the perfect destination for divers, snorkelers, and of course, anglers. Isla Mujeres fishing charters can get you some of the hottest big game action in the country or guide you towards every inshore gamefish on the IGFA’s most wanted list. Being surrounded by mile after mile of luscious natural reef doesn’t hurt, either. If it’s big food fish you’re after, you don’t have to look far.
And if you ever get bored of the beach or sick of the sea, Cancun is just a short boat ride away. This is Mexico’s top beach destination, where the party never stops and having fun is required by law. Sounds like a dream come true? A lot of people agree - Almost 5 million a year, in fact. And if the crowds get too much, just escape back to your island paradise. Even better, spend the day battling monster Marlin or hard-fighting Bonefish. Isla Mujeres has it all.  

Fishing Spots

With easy access to reefs, flats, and open waters, you’re spoilt for choice around here. Our advice would be to try everything, but if you don’t have time, here are the top picks for you to choose from.

Isla Blanca Flats

Now don’t get us wrong, Isla Mujeres has incredible flats fishing. You can wander out from your hotel and be battling Bonefish within minutes. Ask any Isla Mujeres fly fishing guide, though, and they’ll recommend Isla Blanca. Why? Fewer people and mile after mile of mud, sand, and grass flats. The area's home to Bonefish, Tarpon, Permit, and Snook, otherwise known as an Inshore Super Grand Slam. There are also Jacks, Barracuda, and several other top game species, in case you still needed more.

Mesoamerican Reef

Isla Mujeres sits on the world’s second-largest natural reef. Head out in any direction and you’ll find Grouper, Snapper, Hogfish, Triggerfish, Amberjack, and Barracuda. If that’s not enough excitement, the waters around Isla Mujeres are a great place to see Whale Sharks. This makes for an unforgettable family day out while putting even seasoned anglers through their paces.

Yucatan Channel

If it’s serious sportfishing you’re after, you can’t get much better than Isla Mujeres deep sea fishing. Head out 20-30 miles, and you hit the Caribbean Current, full of Blue and White Marlin, Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, and Blackfin Tuna. Drop your lines in these waters, and you could be on for a Billfish Grand Slam, with most of the Billfish around for a solid six months. This is the gateway to the Gulf of Mexico, and all its major pelagic fish pass through at some point.

When should I go?

Isla Mujeres fishing seasons depend on what you’re after. Billfish and inshore species are best in spring and summer, while the reefs are most active over winter. Isla Mujeres fishing is amazing all year round, though. You can catch great gamefish on the flats and food fish on the reefs every month of the year. Marlin and Sailfish may tail off in the cooler months, but Wahoo and Tuna are always around and King Mackerel are at their peak. There really isn’t a bad time to go.

Fishing Techniques

Most of Isla Mujeres’ bluewater action focuses on trolling. Live Bonito and Bluerunners are a popular choice here, but dressed Ballyhoo are effective, too. If you don’t fancy using live bait, you’ll find plenty of deep sea specialists trolling spreads of lures to devastating effect. 
The local flats are a fly angler’s dream, with Tarpon, Bonefish, Permit, and Snook, all just waiting for that perfectly-placed fly. A sturdy 9-weight is your best all-rounder for the area’s gamefish. Conventional anglers can also have great fun throwing lures with light spinning gear. 
Reef fishing focuses on dropping baits and waiting for the fish to come to you. If you want a more hands-on experience, why not try vertical jigging? This style of fishing is so popular here there’s even a jigging tournament every November down in Playa Del Carmen!

Need to Know

Fishing licenses are usually provided aboard Isla Mujeres fishing charters, but it’s always best to check when you book. If you’re heading out on your own, a one-week license costs around $25, and can be bought in person or by mail.
If you’re planning on shore fishing, you need to stay at least 250 meters from swimmers and beach-goes. You don’t want them spooking all your fish, anyway!
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Isla Mujeres Fishing Seasons

January is a great time to fish the reefs, with monster Grouper and Snapper waiting below. Hit the flats, and you could spend hour after hour sight wrestling with super-sized Snook.

The Isla Mujeres Island Time Fishing Tournament offers epic hookups and fierce competition in February, Target Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Tuna, and King Mackerel in this awesome offshore event.

If you're up for a road trip, the spring equinox at Chichen Itza is an unmissable event which has been celebrated for centuries. If not, you've got Sailfish, Wahoo, Bonefish, Snook, and plenty more right here!

Semana Santa is Mexico's most important holiday. The schools are out and all the locals are in the mood to celebrate. April also marks the founding of Cancun, so it's a very happy time in town.

The summer season is well on its way by May. Bonefish, Tarpon, Permit, and Snook are swarming the shallows. Offshore, you have Blue and White Marlin, Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, and Tuna. Fish on!

The Billfish bite hits its peak in June, with huge monster Blue Marlin, White Marlin, and Sailfish. The flats are incredible, too, with every major shallow-water game fish packing in along the beaches

the Isla Mujeres Whale Shark Festival has fun for all the family as it honors these incredible creatures. This is also a great month to go snorkeling with Whale Sharks around the island!

August is when most Mexicans take their holiday, so beaches and resorts may be busier than you expect. Escape the crowds, and you'll find some amazing fishing on the flats, though.

Mexicans love Independence Day just as much as Americans, it seems. September 15th is marked with music, dancing, and chants of "Viva Mexico" all across the country.

The Isla Mujeres International Music Festival brings the island to life for a 12-day extravaganza of music and dancing, with top artists from around the world. It's one heck of a party!

Dia De Los Muertos is probably Mexico's most famous festival. Expect elaborate costumes and impressive parades as locals celebrate their ancestors and mourn their loved ones.

If you're thinking of spending December on Isla Mujeres then we're very jealous. With warm seas, beautiful beaches, and all-night parties, this is the ultimate way to enjoy the holiday season!

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What People Are Saying About Isla Mujeres

"Eight-hour Trip with Capt. Rogelio"

Michelle S. fished with Comodoro Sportfishing on July 17, 2018

Go with Comodoro fishing charters. At the end of the trip, they even gave us the rest of the fresh bait so we could continue fishing on our own the remaining days of our trip.

"6 hour trip with Captain Rogelio"

Darin G. fished with Comodoro Sportfishing on June 5, 2018

Trolling was a little slower than I expected based on what I had read. Apparently this week has been slow across the board for most anglers. Bottom fishing was where all the action was at. I would recommend spending a little time trolling and the majority of time on the bottom.

"Full day trip with Captain Rogelio "

Keith P. fished with Comodoro Sportfishing on March 12, 2018

Isla Mujeras is not even seasonal the fishing changes probably every two months so depending on what you like to catch that should be the dates you choose to fish this region great chill vibe on the island not crazy like the mainland....

"2 great days!!"

Alan W. fished with Comodoro Sportfishing on June 28, 2017

The high season for sailfish around Isla is Feb-Mar

Top Targeted Species in Isla Mujeres

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)


King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Snapper (Red)

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