Captain
Mario MM

Member since February 2014

Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

Background
Captain Mario runs Private Tours Playa del Carmen and is living his dream of being on the water while providing a first class service to his guests. He is an able seaman, having been a captain for 10 years now. He holds a Batchelor Degree in Maritime Sciences. Captain Mario and his crew will welcome you aboard their boat and make sure you have the most amazing time ever in Playa del Carmen, Mexico and further out. Private Tours Playa del Carmen is partnered with many local captains who add up to many lifetimes worth of fishing experience, which Captain Mario puts at your disposal. A fleet of 10 skiffs, as well as multiple luxurious yachts, are all available, so the customer can customize his trip to his or her specific needs and desires. Our offices are located on the beach and 14st in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Captain Mario works closely with many experienced local captains who will be excited to guide you on your trip, should he not be available himself.
Techniques
The fishing adventure starts in the morning in the beach, our Captain will teach you how to fish, how to get bait and fillet the fish. even how to use the boat. We would like to teach you how to fish and use the equipment on this trip, so you can later teach other people how to eat fish. 1/ Boat and equipment. 2/ How to get bait with a net 3/ How to prepare lines 4/ Trolling while we sail 5/ Bottom Fishing 6/ Reefs 7/ Snorkel time Music and Beers 8/ Fly Fishing 9/ Music and Beers and back to port 10/ How to make ceviche If we take you fishing today, we will eat fish, but, If we teach you how to fish, you will eat for the rest of your life.

Hey, I'm Captain Mario MM

Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
Background
Captain Mario runs Private Tours Playa del Carmen and is living his dream of being on the water while providing a first class service to his guests. He is an able seaman, having been a captain for 10 years now. He holds a Batchelor Degree in Maritime Sciences. Captain Mario and his crew will welcome you aboard their boat and make sure you have the most amazing time ever in Playa del Carmen, Mexico and further out. Private Tours Playa del Carmen is partnered with many local captains who add up to many lifetimes worth of fishing experience, which Captain Mario puts at your disposal. A fleet of 10 skiffs, as well as multiple luxurious yachts, are all available, so the customer can customize his trip to his or her specific needs and desires. Our offices are located on the beach and 14st in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Captain Mario works closely with many experienced local captains who will be excited to guide you on your trip, should he not be available himself.
Techniques
The fishing adventure starts in the morning in the beach, our Captain will teach you how to fish, how to get bait and fillet the fish. even how to use the boat. We would like to teach you how to fish and use the equipment on this trip, so you can later teach other people how to eat fish. 1/ Boat and equipment. 2/ How to get bait with a net 3/ How to prepare lines 4/ Trolling while we sail 5/ Bottom Fishing 6/ Reefs 7/ Snorkel time Music and Beers 8/ Fly Fishing 9/ Music and Beers and back to port 10/ How to make ceviche If we take you fishing today, we will eat fish, but, If we teach you how to fish, you will eat for the rest of your life.

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VIP Private Tours - Snorkel & Fish

Playa Del Carmen
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VIP Private Tours - 29ft Skiff

Playa Del Carmen
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Fishing Playa - 30 Guest Catamaran

Puerto Aventuras
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VIP Private Tours - 42'

Puerto Aventuras
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36 Catamaran for the Mayan Riviera

Puerto Aventuras
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VIP Fishing with Pleasure

Playa del Carmen
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37 Yacht 4 fun and fishing

playa del carmen
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Fishing Reports

Fun...day

July 05, 2018

Here fishy fishy Read Full Report →


catch of the day in playacar

May 02, 2015

nice day......nice weather....... good bait....... cold drinks and some sun...... then.... thats when it happened...... the line start pulling hard and it was the right place at the right time... this is what we caught Read Full Report →


here fishy fishy...!!!!

March 02, 2015

great day, great water and sun, good bait, nice equipment and good company for a day fishing in the Mayan Riviera........... enjoy..!!! Read Full Report →


Catch of the day in front of Playacar

September 24, 2014

We used some live bait that morning and sailed south of Playa, not even 10 minutes, and that's when we caught 3 of this in front of Playacar beach. We deserve a cold beer after this busy day! Read Full Report →

Customer Reviews

4.26 out of 5 stars from 18 reviews

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Went fishing on Thursday, June 21, 2018

despite all the seaweed the guys never let up they were awesome caught 1 nice mahi and a big barracuda will fish with them again

Fished June 2018

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Winter Park, Florida
Went fishing on Thursday, June 7, 2018

Two of the hardest working crew i’ve seen in 50 yrs of fishing on the sea.  Tey worked there Asses off and produced excellent results.  One cuda ,which was lafted our butts off about. Two very nice Mahi, Mahi about 28 to 30 Lbs each. The best was save for last, A beautiful Sailfish that fought like hell and went deep but we won the fight took some nice pictures and let him go and make a bunch of other little sail fish. Thanks guys for the memory’s.
                WE WILL BE BACK

Fished June 2018

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Toronto, Ontario
Went fishing on Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Trip was ok.  Still not sure what happened. Arrived at the meetup and Mike wasn’t there.  A guy said it was too rough to launch from there and to follow him to the safe launch site.  Arrived there and they seemed to know about the price etc, had safety gear and were obviously competent captains.  Still don’t know their names, but they had a cooler with drinks.  Waves were pretty high and choppy, and we had to cut the trip short due to my daughters sea sickness, but still managed to catch a beautiful Mahi mahi.  My son was upset that the captain kept the fish because he wanted to catch and release, but I think that was just a communication gap.  I still don’t know if we were scammed into going with someone who wasn’t Mike, or if these guys were working for Mike (apparently Mike does the scheduling).  Since I didn’t hear from Mike, I assume this was the arrangement butmore clarity would have been appreciated.

Fished March 2018

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Mérida, Yucatán
Went fishing on Friday, February 9, 2018

We did catch some fish at lease , but this trip was not what we expected.first we where supposed to get a 29 f board we 2 motors . We got a 20f with 1 motor we where told we could do some trolling and bottom fishing and we only got to bottom fish . No live bait as advertised and we ran out of beer a few hours in once again they where supposed to provide 12 beers and we only got 6 not a big deal but still. It what was advertised the crew was good and friendly but i wouldn’t recommend this trip

Martine Goulet does not recommend VIP Private Tours - 29ft Skiff

Fished February 2018

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Mario MM (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, February 19, 2018

hi Martine

Im sorry you did not have a lot of fun, we will be happy to give you a refound, but just one thing, you sail that day in a 27ft, boat with 2 engines, and did catch a big coronado!! .. will post the photo later….........hava a nice day, :-)

Seattle, Washington
Went fishing on Tuesday, January 23, 2018

My wife and I were on our 2 week honeymoon and this was by far our favorite part of the whole trip!! Worth every penny because of how private it was plus we caught a bunch of fish!! We also went snorkeling and to a cenote and had fresh ceviche from our catches prepared by the captain!! This is defiantly a must do and honestly this is the first review I’ve ever done because of how awesome it was!!

Fished January 2018

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Mexico
Went fishing on Friday, November 10, 2017

Fished November 2017

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Mexico
Went fishing on Sunday, July 16, 2017

amazing trip! Would recommend to everyone!

Fished July 2017

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Cancún, Quintana Roo
Went fishing on Wednesday, March 29, 2017

We enjoyed the crew but the language barrier kept us from enjoying them more. There was no teaching. They didn’t offer to let us drive probably because of choppy water. There were no snacks. We did catch about 10 fish on the bottom but were told amberjack are only in December.

Fished March 2017

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Redmond, Oregon
Went fishing on Thursday, March 2, 2017

We were not sure if we went with the company that we had booked. The captain was not named Mike. The people who took us out were very good at what they did but I got the feeling that when they saw us waiting they got us out of there very quickly . I showed them the paper I had that said we were to pay the balance and could use visa or cash. They said only cash and then called his boss and the boss said visa was ok. When we got back the boss was waiting and said hw e would take us to bank so he could get money from visa. We told him he could take us to our hotel and we would get cash.  It just didnt feel right.  We paid them but then wondered if they were really your employees or if they had been taken by other people.  We cant remember their names….  We got the fishing trip and paid the price we expected… I was just afraid that maybe your boat came later and we were going find another charge on our visa.  Please respond . Thank you

Fished March 2017

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Miami, Florida
Went fishing on Saturday, March 11, 2017

Fished March 2017

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Monterrey, Nuevo León
Went fishing on Tuesday, January 24, 2017

We booked a fishing trip with Mario, he had 2 of his guides take us out, the boat a little outdated but the trip was a blast his guys did a great job and new what they were doing, from riging live bait to jigging technique, to trolling, to searching for active fish, they put me on a giant cuda, it was the catch of a lifetime, they were very nice a little shy but very nice guys we really enjoyed everything, thank you Mario

Fished January 2017

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Mérida, Yucatán
Went fishing on Friday, December 23, 2016

Although we did not catch anything, the experience was still a fun one!

Fished December 2016

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Rock Rapids, Iowa
Went fishing on Thursday, December 22, 2016

I booked a fishing and snorkeling trip with Mario.  Mario did greet us but had 2 others that took us on the excursion.  No fish were caught and they took us through very rough waters.  My son got very sick and they finally talked to us for the first time about 45 minutes into the trip…most of the time they talked to each other in Spanish.  When we arrived at the snorkel sight they realized they forgot to take the snorkeling masks so we wasted about 25 minutes getting snorkeling equipment from other boats in the area.  Then they didn’t have the right size flippers for my husband even though I gave them all of our shoes sizes several days before the excursion.  The best part of the trip was the personalized snorkeling Julian gave us ...he did an awesome job…showing us many fish and fed the sting ray.  Many improvements are needed on this excursion, but we made the best of it and really enjoyed the snorkeling .

Carla De Jager does not recommend VIP Private Tours - Snorkel & Fish

Fished December 2016

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Mario MM (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, January 2, 2017

im sorry….yes, we switched boats last minute, and yes, we left some of the equipment sorry….!!

United States
Went fishing on Friday, May 27, 2016

This was a great experience! We would do it again in a heartbeat!!  We caught two Mahi Mahi and were thrilled!!

Fished May 2016

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Aberdeen, Saskatchewan
Went fishing on Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Although it rained for part of the day, the trip was the best day we had.  They picked us up from our resort, went fishing and they also took us snorkelling and we saw turtles up close as well as sting ray. It was the highlight of the trip!

Fished February 2016

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Serbia
Went fishing on Friday, June 12, 2015

My husband was able to fish on our last day there, Captain Chocho and Mario were fantastic! My husband caught a big barracuda and the day was the highlight of his trip!

Fished June 2015

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Mario MM (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Wednesday, June 24, 2015

:-)

Went fishing on Wednesday, August 6, 2014

I booked a boat for 2 full days of bottom fishing plus a half day for my family to do some guided snorkelling and a bit of light fishing. My fishing expectations as an experienced angler were to get into some big rod-bending snapper, grouper and other similar bottom fish likely to be on the offshore reefs. While we did get plenty of fish inshore these were in the main very small and good for bait. While bottom fishing inshore at anchor a ‘sleeper’ live bait rig was set up and set adrift. This sleeper set-up resulted in 2 barracuda and a jack. We tried some deeper water (300 feet) for larger fish but although plenty showed on the portable fish finder we did not latch into any of them which was disappointing. The boat was a fairly basic skiff with 2 old 75hp outboards and the tackle provided was also tired and a bit too heavy for the light inshore fishing we did. The handle of one fixed spool reel broke off during day one and the handle on one of the old multipliers was ready to come off soon. The skipper and crew were great guys and clearly trying hard to get us into fish although not necessarily the big stuff. The snorkelling trip was excellent and our guide did a great job of showing us the underwater sights. We stopped at a great sheltered spot and had a great time with snacks and refreshments. Overall I enjoyed the experience of fishing in Mexico but would have been much more satisfied if we could have got into more of the larger specimens which are undoubtedly out there.

Fished August 2014

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Went fishing on Monday, June 23, 2014

Had a blast with Capt Choco! Next year we hope to book with him. Awesome trip. Caught 1 mahi-mahi which made our week and we’re still talking about it!!!

Fished June 2014

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