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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?

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 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

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.

Playa Del Carmen Fishing Calendar

What People Are Saying About Playa Del Carmen

"3/4 Day fishing trip 4/23/18"

Steve Patterson fished with Juancho on April 23, 2018

Bring plenty of sunscreen, hat and glasses

"Awesome Afternoon Con Juancho!"

Mati Tressler fished with Juancho on April 10, 2018

We caught lots of fish! However, lots of sargassum this April.

"6 hours with Salas"

Rick Malinas fished with Juancho on April 3, 2018

May is the best month but go whenever you can.
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Top Fishing Techniques in Playa Del Carmen

  1. 1 Deep Sea Fishing

Top Targeted Species in Playa Del Carmen

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Wahoo

Barracuda (Great)

Marlin (White)