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Fishing in Puerto Morelos

Looking for some excellent angling action in a secluded, tropical locale? Leave the busy beaches of nearby Cancun behind and come discover what fishing in Puerto Morelos has to offer! Located at the northern point of Riviera Maya, this town provides direct access to mangrove swamp flats, a bustling coral reef system, and deep fish-filled waters just a few miles from shore. What are you waiting for?
If it’s deep sea fishing action you’re after, you won’t have to venture far from shore. Trophy-sized Sailfish can be hooked only a few miles out, and you’ll also encounter Mahi Mahi, Marlin, Swordfish, and Wahoo. In the deep waters around the island of Cozumel, there’s Tuna varieties, including Yellowfin and Blackfin. It’s also the most promising place to hook a Billfish Grand Slam of White and Blue Marlin, Sailfish, and Swordfish.
Puerto Morelos isn’t just about the open ocean, though! The Great Mesoamerican Reef is located just a short ride from the beach, and here you’ll come face-to-gills with Cubera Snapper, Red and Black Grouper, Kingfish, Barracuda, and Wahoo. Inshore, Puerto Morelos is home to a mangrove swamp, and these shallow waters are brimming with Bonefish, Permit, Jack Crevalle, Snook, and Tarpon. Fly fishing on these flats is especially common.
Puerto Morelos’ charter captains offer inshore, nearshore, and offshore trips running anywhere from 4–8 hours. Most recommend that you opt for a full day trip to get the most out of your adventure. Newbies can mix up their angling action with some swimming or snorkeling, whereas experienced anglers can target that trophy Billfish or test their skills on the fly.

Rules & Regulations

You’ll need a valid Mexico fishing license to cast a line in Puerto Morelos. Hop aboard a local charter vessel, and this will usually be covered for you!
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Puerto Morelos Fishing Seasons


Pick an offshore charter to take you trolling for Kingfish, Wahoo, and Barracuda or whip out the fly gear and go after Bonefish and Snook in the mangroves.


February is prime time for targeting Wahoo, Kingfish, and Barracuda. You can also hit the reefs and bottom fish for Red and Black Grouper, as well as delicious Red Snapper.


March marks the beginning of Billfish season, so it’s a great time to book a full day trip and head offshore. Half day inshore trips will still reap lots of benefits, with likely catches of Permit, Bonefish, and Snook.


April in Puerto Morelos is the time when many anglers head offshore to add a Billfish Grand Slam to their resume – Sailfish, Swordfish, and White and Blue Marlin all in one day. Do you have it what it takes?


Things really start sizzling offshore in May. You can still try and get that Billfish Grand Slam or mix it up and troll for Yellowfin and Blackfin Tuna. 


No matter where you go, the fishing is hot! Offshore, everything is biting from Sailfish and Marlin to Mahi Mahi and Tuna. Alternatively, go fly fishing in the flats for Bonefish, Jack, Permit, and Snook.


July might be the best time to whip out the light tackle and hit the flats for some inshore action. Catch Permit, Tarpon, and Bonefish and complete an Inshore Grand Slam, and add Snook to the list for a Super Grand Slam.


Billfishing starts to slow down but Mahi Mahi fishing is still hot. Throw some Wahoo, Barracuda, and Kingfish in the mix and you got yourself a tough offshore battle.


September brings with it heavier rainfall than usual but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. More rain means less-crowded beaches! Try fishing from the surf to land a Bonefish, Permit, or Jack Crevalle.


Billfish season comes to a halt but bottom fishing starts to warm up. Hop on a charter that will take you to the nearshore reefs to target Red Snapper, Black and Red Grouper, Triggerfish, and Amberjack.


The rainy season comes to an end which means more tourists will start planning their trips in November. Be sure to book your fishing trip well enough in advance to secure your spot on a Puerto Morelos fishing charter!


Why not try something new and plan a Christmas fishing trip with the family this year? Take the kids on a snorkeling adventure and explore the Great Mesoamerican Reef, the world’s second-largest reef system!

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Reviews of Fishing in Puerto Morelos

Half day
Kurt L. fished with King Mackerel on July 8, 2020
Definitely stick with trolling in the summer.
February fishing trip
Robert G. fished with Living A Dream on February 24, 2020
Watch weather. Little tough to rock on fish when winds at 20 mph
Half Day Trip with 5 & 7 year olds
Jon S. fished with Living A Dream – Panga on February 2, 2020
Trolling may be slow this time of year but the bottom fishing is always good.
Wonderful time
Becky B. fished with El Patrón – Water adventure on August 15, 2019
Nice small town feel. We took our filleted fish to the nearby restaurant and they cooked it for us with a great spread of yummy sides.
Great Day of Fishing!!
Shelley R. fished with Big Boss - Water Adventure on July 24, 2019
Leave some time after fishing for lunch and sight-seeing. Puerto Morelos looks like a nice area for tourists.
3/4 day trip
David B. fished with Black Moon on July 8, 2019
Bring a lot of sunscreen and Dramamine.
was good
Stacy B. fished with King Mackerel on May 27, 2019
Fishing with Marco
Michael F. fished with King Mackerel on May 17, 2019
Spend the hole time trolling we spent the last 2 hours bottom fishing we caught a lot of small fish kind of got boring after a while.

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