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Top Fishing Charters in Playa Del Carmen

Fishing in Playa Del Carmen

Playa del Carmen fishing is almost unfairly bountiful. The area may be a tourist haven for more reasons than one, but as traveling anglers know, there's a lot more to this part of the world than Mayan ruins and phenomenal scuba diving. Anglers and divers both agree that a trip to this former fishing village is incomplete unless you spend a day on the water, and there are plenty of Playa del Carmen fishing charters here to help. But what is it that makes this tourist resort haven one of the best sport fisheries in the world?

Known For

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 charters insist that at least one person hooks up on a Billfish out of this port every single day. 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.

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Playa Del Carmen Fishing Seasons

Although this is the coolest month of the year, with temperatures in the mid-70s it is anything but cold. This is peak tourist season, so book well in advance to secure your hotel. Fishing is good all year round.

Make the most of the beautiful weather - February in Playa del Carmen is very dry and not too hot. Try jigging for Amberjack or troll for pelagics - Wahoo and Tuna are great year-round.

March is when the fishing starts to heat up more than ever in the Riviera Maya. This is the beginning of peak season for Sailfish - and you can usually get a discount at a hotel, too.

The low season for tourism is the high season for fishing. Take part in the Riviera Maya Catch and Release Fishing Challenge. Mahi Mahi fishing is excellent.

Rumour has it that the first week in May is 'Grand Slam Week' in the Riviera Maya. With White Marlin joining Blue Marlin and Sailfish in these waters, catching three different billfish is a real possibility.

While June can be hot and humid in Playa del Carmen, the fishing makes up for the weather. All the big pelagics are out and about and there for the catching. 

White Marlin fishing gets slower, but Blue Marlin and Sailfish are still biting like crazy. Catch and release is the most popular and responsible way of keeping this fishery good for generations.

This may be peak hurricane season, but August is still one of the best times of year to catch a Blue Marlin or Sailfish in Playa del Carmen. Mahi Mahi and Wahoo complete the picture.

September sees some of the highest rainfall of the year in Playa del Carmen. But the beaches are relatively quiet, making shore fishing a possibility. Offshore fishing is as good as ever.

With the bulk of the Billfishing having come to an end, sport fishing in Playa del Carmen slows down slightly in October. Which is just in time for the high tourist season to pick up, with cruise ships arriving and hotel rates rising.

The end of the rainy season, November in Playa del Carmen is busy. Offshore, Amberjack fishing picks up, and although Blue Marlin and Sailfish are not caught in the numbers they were in the summer, they can still be found.

December is peak tourist season in the Riviera Maya - you will hard pressed to find a hotel deal at this time of year. Winter fishing continues in the same style as November, with a good range of pelagics and Amberjack.

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What People Are Saying About Playa Del Carmen

"September fishing trip"

Kevin Griffin fished with AAA Charters & Adventures - Stamas on September 7, 2018

Bottom fishing was great for a calm day. Crew was awesome

"Half day AM Trip, with Sal and Johnie"

Paul Treat fished with Gardi Crew on July 22, 2018

Bring a friend, It can be a work out when a fish is on. My guide dealt in cash only, so be prepared for that, going to downtown

"May fishing trip"

Gary Badgley fished with Fishing Al Gusto on May 15, 2018

Buy a large fishing hat and bring sunscreen.

"3/4 trip AM with Al Gusto"

Denise Teh fished with Fishing Al Gusto on May 1, 2018

Waters were quite choppy and don’t expect to have a restroom available.

Top Fishing Techniques in Playa Del Carmen

  1. Deep Sea Fishing

Top Targeted Species in Playa Del Carmen

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Barracuda (Great)

Sailfish

Marlin (Blue)

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