Playa Del Carmen

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Before it turned into the world-famous vacation spot we know and love, Playa del Carmen was a humble fishing village. Located opposite Cozumel, the migratory routes of offshore species are effectively “channeled” right past this little town. Over the years, this has caused the seafloor to form a steep valley. What does this mean? Hop aboard one of the Playa del Carmen fishing charters on offer, and you’ll reach deep waters just 5 miles from shore!
 
It’s fair to say that incredible deep sea fishing action is this town’s bread and butter. Playa del Carmen is positioned right near the Great Mayan Reef, which brings plenty of marine life with it. You’ll generally start your trip about five minutes after leaving the dock, by dropping your lines around the reef. These waters are home to Wahoo, Tuna varieties, Amberjack, and Kingfish. 
 
If it’s big game angling action you’re after, you’ll be thrilled to discover that many charters in Playa del Carmen implement a “Billfish hookup” rule. Basically, local captains insist on their guests battling at least one Marlin or Sailfish out of this port! Although the prime Billfish season runs between March–September, hookups are common year-round. And that’s not all you can catch, either – the mighty Mahi Mahi inhabits these waters too.
 
As deep waters can be reached on a short journey, you’ll find deep sea fishing trips starting at four  hours, and lasting anywhere to eight hours. Shorter trips are suitable for newbies, families, and fishermen on a tighter schedule, whereas longer trips are the perfect option for anglers looking to get that Billfish hookup!
 

Rules & Regulations

If you’re casting off alongside a local charter captain, your license will generally be covered for you. Some species in this area are subject to certain regulations, and your captain will be able to fill you in on this. 
 
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January

Although this is the coolest month of the year, temperatures are in the mid-70s, making this peak tourist season! Book well in advance to secure your hotel, as well as your charter. The reefs are especially productive. 

February

February in Playa del Carmen is very dry and not too hot. Make the most of the beautiful weather by jigging for Amberjack or trolling for pelagics. Wahoo and Tuna are biting hard during this month!

March

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 on a hotel, too! 

April

The low season for tourism is the high season for fishing. Take part in the Riviera Maya Catch and Release Fishing Challenge during this month. Want to keep some tasty fish? Mahi Mahi fishing is especially excellent!

May

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.

June

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, so come cast your line and see what's biting!

July

White Marlin fishing starts to slow down, but Blue Marlin and Sailfish are still biting like crazy. Catch and release is the most popular and responsible way of keeping this fishery jam-packed for generations.

August

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

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.

October

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

November

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

December is peak tourist season in the Riviera Maya. You'll be 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

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Gardi Crew Review
Yuma L. fished with Gardi Crew on July 30, 2021
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Sit back and enjoy. Also don't be discouraged if you don't catch anything, there will be better days. After all, it's called fishing not catching.
Half day with Captain Jorge
Damick K. fished with The Rusty Hook on July 16, 2021
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Fish for whatever is biting and go with a captain, like Captain Jorge, who has been fishing there foot a long time and will put you on the fish.
Biggest Catch of My Life
Jason F. fished with The Rusty Hook on January 30, 2021
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Great experience in Playa fishing, have not been skunked yet!
6 Hour Trip With Captain Jorge, Carlos, and Neo
Martin M. fished with The Rusty Hook on January 6, 2021
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Recommend Dramamine for anyone is unsure about their sea legs.
November fishing trip
Stephen M. fished with La Reina Sport Fishing Riviera Maya on November 30, 2020
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We were able to catch fish at depth from 350-700. It was mostly red snapper and queen snapper. We were able to catch 12 fish within about 3 hours.
Awesome trip!
David D. fished with Gardi Crew on March 15, 2020
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Definitely hook up with this group!?????
Full day trip
Randell S. fished with La Chulada Tours on February 20, 2020
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Be open to all technics trolling, jigging, and live bait
Great fishing experience!
Toni And Ronnie Mintz fished with Fishing Al Gusto on February 18, 2020
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If you want to catch the big fish come in May, Jun and July. There is always fish to catch all year long!

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Playa Del Carmen

According to customer reviews, La Chulada Tours, Balihoo Boat, and Gardi Crew are some of the most popular fishing charters in Playa Del Carmen, Quintana Roo. Full list of top fishing charters in Playa Del Carmen.

La Chulada Tours and Balihoo Boat received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Playa Del Carmen.

The best way to experience fishing in Playa Del Carmen is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Playa Del Carmen, Quintana Roo.

The top 8 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in Playa Del Carmen are:

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. Check availability for local fishing charters in Playa Del Carmen.

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