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Fishing in Tulum

Imagine yourself fishing in Tulum, with the sight of Mayan ruins in the distance, nothing but blue waters ahead, waves crashing on all sides.  Hundreds of thousands of tourists visit Tulum each year, but only a few get to experience the adrenaline rush of the local fishing. Access to some of the hottest fishing grounds and a variety of game fish make this town the go-to spot for hooking a trophy fish.

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Tulum’s got a little bit of everything for everyone. It’s the perfect place to visit if you want to relax, spend time with the family, or embark on an adventure. If you’re an angler, then you’ve come to the right place!

Deep Sea Fishing

When it comes to deep sea fishing in Tulum, there are only a few places in the world that compare. The city is located right in the heart of the Riviera Maya, a prime spot for Billfish migration. This whole region sits on the edge of an underwater canyon, bringing big game species close to shore.

An offshore trip in Tulum will see you targeting trophy-size fish, such as Sailfish, Blue and White Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Amberjack, and Wahoo. Due to its unique topography, you can hook some delicious bottom-dwellers not too far from the coast as well. Bottom fishing trips will see likely catches from Cubera and Red Snapper, Black and Red Grouper, Triggerfish, King Mackerel, and Barracuda.

Flats Fishing

Tulum has easy access to some of the best flats fishing spots along its coast, where you’ll be able to wade, fish from shore, or take a bay boat and sight cast for some incredible fish. Take Route 15 down towards Punta Allen and hit Ascension Bay for some exceptional fly fishing. Here, you’ll be able to target lots of Snook, Permit, Jack Crevalle, Bonefish, and Tarpon.

Which trip should I choose?

Tulum fishing charters offer a wide variety of experiences. Whether you’re looking for an inshore, nearshore, or offshore trip, you’ll be able to find what you’re looking for at a good price.

Full day trips typically range from 6–9 hours and, simply put, are the best bang for your buck. You’ll be out on the water longer, so you’ll be able to go out further and target more species than on inshore trips.

Half-day trips are an excellent option for families and beginners. If you have kids, 4–5 hours is the ideal timeframe to keep them focused and entertained. There are plenty of charters that offer snorkeling as a part of the trip as well. Bring your swimming gear and mix it up a bit, the kids will definitely appreciate it.

Need to Know

In order to fish, you must purchase a valid fishing license. Luckily, most fishing charters provide them for their guests so you don’t have to worry about getting one yourself. Just keep in mind that some inshore charters don’t include them, so just be sure to check with your captain before heading out.

Most captains also cover tackle and bait. Just be sure to pack some sun protection, snacks and drinks, and Dramamine if you tend to get seasick.

Check out some of the local charters in the area and get ready to explore the waters of the Riviera Maya. Invite the family and start planning your adventure in Tulum, Mexico today!

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Tulum Fishing Seasons

Welcome the new year with some adventure! January in Tulum is a great time for bottom fishing. You can expect to catch various Snapper and Grouper species, as well as Amberjack, Barracuda, and Kingfish.

Snap out of the winter blues and take a trip to Tulum. Things are always hot down here and the fishing is a great example! Book a bottom fishing trip and go after some delicious Snapper and Grouper, or troll the edge for Kingfish, Wahoo, and Barracuda.

Say goodbye to winter and hello to spring! March marks the beginning of Sailfish migration in the Riviera Maya. So hop on an offshore charter and get ready to put up a fight against one of the most acrobatic fish in the sea.

More and more Billfish start to roll in through town. White and Blue Marlin join the fight, so now is the time to whip out the heavy tackle and try and get that Billfish Grand Slam – Sailfish, White and Blue Marlin, and a Swordfish all in one day!

The spring feeding frenzy continues and it feels like everything is biting. Inshore fishing is hot, where you’ll likely be targeting Permit, Snook, and Bonefish. Offshore fishing is sizzling as well, where you can catch Mahi, Marlin, Sailfish, Kingfish, Bonito, and Wahoo.

The action is hot everywhere – inshore, nearshore, and offshore – plenty of opportunities for all types of fishing. Closer to shore, you’ll target Bonefish, Tarpon, Permit, and Jack, further offshore, you’ll find yourself in a heated battle against Marlin, Sailfish, and Dorado.

July is a good time to hit Ascension Bay for a nice day of fly fishing. Hit the flats and target Permit, Snook, and Bonefish and enjoy the calm, sheltered waters of the bay.

Billfishing starts to slow down but other offshore species are still biting, such as Mahi Mahi. Go offshore and troll for Yellowfin and Blackfin Tuna or bottom fish for delicious Snapper. Your options are endless!

You can deep drop for Yellowfin Tuna far off the coast or troll for Albacore and Bonito. Bottom fishing in September is solid, with likely catches from Red Snapper and Black Grouper.

Leave the kids at home with the grandparents and plan a fun fishing trip in Mexico this year. October is great for inshore fishing as well as reef fishing. You’ll be able to target Triggerfish, Black Grouper, Cubera Snapper, and more.

November can get pretty crowded on the Riviera Maya so be sure to book your charter ahead of time. November also marks the commemoration of the deceased with Dia de los Muertos celebrations happening along the coast. This is definitely an exciting month to visit!

December is one of the driest months on the Yucatan Peninsula, which makes it one of the most popular times to visit. Plan your trip in advance and check out some of the local charters. You won’t be disappointed!

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Top Fishing Techniques in Tulum

  1. Fly Fishing

Top Targeted Species in Tulum

Barracuda (Great)

Barracuda (Great)

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Marlin (Blue)

Marlin (Blue)

King Mackerel (Kingfish)

King Mackerel (Kingfish)







Jack Crevalle

Jack Crevalle