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Best Marlin (Blue) Fishing Charters in Mexico

Marlin (Blue)

  • Size 200 to 400lbs
  • Food Value Good
  • Game Qualities Excellent
  • Habitats Offshore

Marlin (Blue) Fishing in Mexico

Marlin fishing in Mexico is so good it can sometimes look like trophy fish just jump into the local fishing boats. As any angler knows, though, it only looks like that after you’ve gone through a challenging fight, which can take on epic proportions. Marlin fishing charters in Mexico will provide you with the gear and knowledge you need to take this fight to the next level and catch a Marlin to call your own.
When the Aztecs used to go fishing for Marlin, they’d ask for help from Opochtli, the god of hunting and fishing. Now, you can get expert support from one of the many local deep sea fishing guides. With their renowned skills in introducing clients to these most prestigious of Billfish, it’s no surprise that more than 30,000 sportfishing enthusiasts join them in Mexico every year to try their luck and test their skills against this fish. 

Where to catch Marlin

You can find Marlin species in all coastal regions of Mexico. To the east, the country looks out onto the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea, while the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of California (formerly known as the Sea of Cortez) meet the western shores. But where are you most likely to catch a fish to write home about?

Yucatan Peninsula

The famous tourist resorts of the Yucatan Peninsula look out onto miles of Caribbean Sea shorelines. But people don’t just come to the Riviera Maya for sandy beaches and shoreline entertainment. International sportfishers come here every year for one thing – Marlin.
Charter boats operate all the way along the coastline from Cancun to Tulum, with local guides waiting to show you the best places to hunt. One of the best places to start is Playa del Carmen, where the island of Cozumel creates a natural funnel, causing Marlin and other Billfish to swim just a couple of miles from the shoreline.

Baja California

On the other side of the country, Baja California separates the Gulf of California from the Pacific Ocean. Right at the meeting point of these two waterways lies Los Cabos, the southernmost tip of the peninsula. Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo are the main port cities in this area, and are among the top places in the world for Marlin fishing. In fact, the sheer number of Marlins that get caught here have given the area the name of “the Marlin capital of the world.”
It’s no wonder then that the most prestigious event on the saltwater sportfishing calendar takes place in these very waters! Don’t miss Bisbee’s Black & Blue tournament in the fall for non-stop Billfish action.

What to expect

The go-to technique for Marlin fishing is trolling. Your captain will load the boat with heavy tackle fishing gear, and you can expect most big game fishing boats to also be equipped with a fighting chair to support you against the jumps and leaps of this enormous animal. Your hook will be baited with either live or artificial bait, depending on the season and the captain’s preference. 
These trips usually take place with at least one additional crew member alongside the captain, so you will have all the help and instruction you need as you reel your monster in. Catch and release is usually practiced when catching Billfish, but it’s always best to check with your crew.

When to go

The best time to catch Marlin in Mexico is from April to late summer. Blue Marlin season starts first, at the beginning of spring. They peak in May, when you can expect to catch a whole range of other big game fish as well!
Few countries in the world match Mexico when it comes to the sheer quantity of Marlin hook ups. Come and experience how much these waters have to offer for yourself. We bet that once you’ve tried it once, you’re going to want to come back!

Marlin (Blue)

  • Size 200 to 400lbs
  • Food Value Good
  • Game Qualities Excellent
  • Habitats Offshore

Mexico Marlin (Blue) Fishing Seasons

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Marlin (Blue) fishing in Mexico varies moderately throughout the year. High season is May to September. Low season is March. There is no closed season.

Top Marlin (Blue) Fishing Charters in Mexico

What People Are Saying About Marlin (Blue) Fishing in Mexico

"Full day trip with Captain Ishmael and first mate Luis."

Rick Cruickshank fished with Cabo Sportfishing Crew – Blue Tail on January 10, 2020

Great trip. Mahi-mahi in first half hour. Great whale and turtle show. Next landed trophy Marlin followed by another Mahi-mahi and one released. When it couldn’t possibly get better, a220 pound Marlin strike. Released after wild ride. 10 times out of the water. This boat and crew were the best. Heartily recommend.

"January fishing trip"

Susan Payne fished with Cabo Sportfishing Crew - El Pargo on January 9, 2020

Great day with the El Pargo crew, they found fish! We caught Two Marlin & two Tuna. Then on the way back they rode us over to the Arch & took our picture then got a seal to jump up on the platform on the back of the boat!

"Full day trip"

Chris Fisher fished with Viviana's - Second Chance - SPECIAL on January 4, 2020

Roberto and Antonio did a great job, very friendly and diligent. We hooked a Marlin and my 19 year old grandson got to reel it in and that was worth its weight in gold. That was the only fish we caught that day but that’s why they call it fishing and not catching. Overall a great time was had by all!!

"Full Day trip-hit the money"

Heather Harris fished with Phantom Fishing Cabo - Lisa on December 30, 2019

My sister and I had the best crew that helped to deliver a great experience! Between us we caught 2 mahi and 2 marlin. Marlin was the big prize at 86 inches and 100 inches. It was a great trip and the crew was awesome. Captain Julio and first mate Pablo definitely know what they are doing and I would recommend them to anyone.

"Perfect Day of Fishing"

Todd Belk fished with La Guaycura Sports Fishing on December 25, 2019

Very professional crew. We caught several fish, including; 3 MahiMahi, 1 Yellowfin Tuna, 2 Bonita and almost a Marlin that chewed the line. We felt safe at all times and felt the cost was reasonable. Would certainly use this outfit in the future

"Deck hand was awesome"

Ryan Zink fished with Cabo Sportfishing Crew – Blue Tail on December 16, 2019

Deck hand worked hard for our fish. We are from Alaska, and Avid fishermen. Was impressed with the service they provided. Marlin fishing involves skill to the trained eye. They have it. We each got one to the boat. Great time

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