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Fishing in Playa Del Carmen
Playa del Carmen fishing is almost unfairly bountiful. You may not know it, but this popular tourist destination has even more to offer than Mayan ruins and phenomenal diving. Anglers and divers alike agree that no trip to this former fishing village is complete without spending a day on the water. But what is it that makes this tourist resort haven one of the best sport fisheries in the world?
Playa del Carmen is famous for its location just opposite Cozumel island. But what makes it so special is what Cozumel does to the local waterways. It effectively channels offshore migratory routes of Caribbean sea life right past the little town. And over the millennia, this has caused the sea floor to form a steep valley very close to the coastline, making deep water accessible within just a five minute boat ride of the dock. All of this makes deep sea fishing in Riviera Maya some of the most accessible in the world.
Jump aboard a charter boat and you can experience the sport fishing Playa del Carmen is growing a name for. You will usually start trolling within five minutes of leaving the dock, and hook ups of Wahoo, Tuna, and reef fish will almost certainly follow, whatever the season. But more than that: most Playa del Carmen fishing charter captains insist that there isn’t a day of the year that goes by in these waters when at least one person doesn't hook up on a billfish. Because although the prime season for Billfish runs from March through September, Sailfish and Blue Marlin hookups can happen at any time of the year.
Playa del Carmen is located right by the Great Mayan Reef. This is the second largest reef system in the world and is a favorite haunt for a rich collection of sea life. So whether you are fishing in Riviera Maya Mexico, scuba diving, or snorkeling, you will have plenty to keep you busy all year round.
Rules & Regulations
All anglers must have a valid fishing license. Fishing licenses for all FishingBooker charters are either included in price or can be purchased from the charter operator. Consult the 'Amenities' section of any particular charter for more information on licensing.
Types of Fishing
Trolling for pelagics is the most common technique in these waters, with many an angler coming here with their sights set on scoring a Billfish Grand Slam. And with Blue Marlin, Sailfish, and White Marlin on top form from May to June, this is the number one time to try it.
Playa del Carmen fly fishing is not as established as it is in other parts of Quintana Roo, mainly due to its wildly popular beaches and bustling hotels and resorts. Head south from the main beaches though, and you will still have opportunities to try shore fishing for Bonefish, Ladyfish, Snook, Jacks, Permits, and Triggerfish.
A technique that is growing in popularity in Playa del Carmen is jigging. This is particularly exciting in the winter months, when Amberjack, Tuna, and Kingfish are on fire. But few guides are overly familiar with the technique, so it’s a good idea to bring your own equipment.
Playa Del Carmen Fishing Seasons
Playa Del Carmen Fishing Calendar
What People Are Saying About Playa Del Carmen
"Great trip with Augusto and Victor "
Get on the Grand Slam with Augusto and Victor.
"Half day trip with Abraham and Abel"
Book a half a day trip and you’ll fall in love
"4hr Afternoon Trip"
The best time to fish for marlin, mahi-mahi, and sailfish is April-June. When I went in December, the target fish is Amberjack
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