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Mexico’s Riviera Maya is a land of ancient ruins, beautiful beaches, and fish-filled waters. Travel the length of this coastline and you’ll discover anything from bustling tourist hotspots to remote islands. Something that doesn’t change, however, is the excellent fishing action on offer. Just hop aboard one of the many Riviera Maya fishing charters to begin your adventure!
 
If it’s inshore fishing you’re after, make your way to Isla Mujeres and Isla Blanca, where you’ll find Bonefish, Tarpon, Permit, and Snook. Then there’s Ascension Bay, which is brimming with these species as well as Jack Crevalle and Barracuda. With trips lasting anywhere from 4–8 hours, a shorter adventure is the perfect introduction for newbies and families. Seasoned fishing enthusiasts should opt for a full day to test their skills!
 
Riviera Maya is home to the majestic Mesoamerican Reef, where you’ll encounter Snapper, Grouper, Amberjack, Hogfish, and Barracuda. Mix up a short trip with some snorkeling, or fill the cooler on a full day. Then there’s the incredible deep sea action on offer – Blue and White Marlin, Sailfish, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, and Tuna inhabit waters only a few miles from shore. Although it’s possible to battle these beasts on a half day trip, a full day adventure allows for more action. 
 
For inshore fishing, head to Cancun to explore Islas Mujeres and Blanca. Tulum is your “go-to” place for Ascension Bay. The island of Cozumel will see you dropping lines around the reef just a mile from shore, and Playa del Carmen could see you hooking a Marlin in less than four hours. These locations are dotted with plenty of charter captains, too!
 

 

Rules & Regulations

You’ll need a valid Mexico fishing license to explore Riviera Maya’s many fisheries. Cast off alongside a local captain, and this will generally be covered for you.
 
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January

Kick off the year with some rod-bending action against huge bottom fish at the Playa del Carmen Deep Jigging Tournament. Who said reef fish are just good for eating?!

February

The Isla Mujeres Island Time Fishing Tournament offers excellent bluewater action targeting Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Tuna, and King Mackerel in February.

March

People have gathered at Chichen Itza temple for centuries to watch the spring equinox. If you don't fancy the journey, Cancun's Food and Wine Festival has great local specialities for you to enjoy.

April

The Riviera Maya Film Festival offers screenings of the world's best productions, with cinemas set up in Playa del Carmen and Puerto Morelos. The first Marlin will be showing up there, too.

May

The Ascension Bay Permit Tournament offers inshore action for a good cause while Cozumel's Rodeo de Lanchas Mexicanas (Rodeo of Mexican Boats) provides serious big game battles.

June

The billfishing season is at its best in June, with Blue and White Marlin and monster Sailfish offshore. Inshore, you've got all your favorite fly fishing species - Permit, Tarpon, Snook, and Bonefish!

July

July is peak tourist season... for fish! Us humans tend to go in the winter, though, so you can score some serious deals and serious catches if you head there this time of year.

August

If you can take the heat, the shallows are swarming with top game fish in August. FIsh your way to an Inshore Super Grand Slam then go for a swim to cool off and celebrate!

September

Mexican Independence Day is celebrated in style each September. Every town is alive with singing and dancing, as people remember the efforts of great Mexican revolutionaries. Viva Mexico!

October

Want to witness one of the ocean's most incredible events? Tulum's turtle festival is a must-visit activity for nature lovers. See baby turtles make their way into the ocean, and even help them on their way!

November

Riviera Maya Jazz Festival draws major names from across the world to Playa Del Carmen. November also marks Mexico's Dia de los Muertos (day of the dead), a unique and unmissable event.

December

Across the Yucatan Peninsula, people get ready for Christmas with processions, prayer, and solemn reflection. Meanwhile, you can be out fishing for huge Snook, Tuna, and King Mackerel!

Riviera Maya Fishing Calendar

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Lots of fun!
Greg S. fished with Fishing Boats in Cancun–La Favorita on March 16, 2021
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Check the weather, it is sometimes rougher than it looks. You will still catch fish inshore though and it’s fun either way.
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.
HOLY KING MACKEREL!
David M. fished with King Mackerel on December 30, 2020
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Don't book in December if you get sea sick, windy. But, warm weather and tons of fun!
Fishing a dream
Leslie S. fished with Living A Dream – Panga on November 30, 2020
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The early morning charter was very nice.
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.
4+ Hour Trip
Paul C. fished with Aquadventures - 30' Grand Slam on November 7, 2020
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All good fishing. Trolling wasnt producing anything, so we went to the bottom and caught all kinds of smaller fish.
6 hour trip
Kurt K. fished with AAA Charters & Adventures - Stamas on October 10, 2020
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Bottom fishing was great, troll bite was slow, but there was just a hurricane.

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Riviera Maya

According to customer reviews, Knotty Hooker Charters – Reel Hooker, Cancun Light Tackle & Fly Fishing Tours, and King Mackerel are some of the most popular fishing charters in Riviera Maya. Full list of top fishing charters in Riviera Maya.

Knotty Hooker Charters – Reel Hooker, Cancun Light Tackle & Fly Fishing Tours, and King Mackerel all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Riviera Maya.

The best way to experience fishing in Riviera Maya 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 Riviera Maya.

The top 8 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in Riviera Maya are:

The Ascension Bay Permit Tournament offers inshore action for a good cause while Cozumel's Rodeo de Lanchas Mexicanas (Rodeo of Mexican Boats) provides serious big game battles. Check availability for local fishing charters in Riviera Maya.