Captain
Pedro Zapata

Member since March 2014

Cozumel, Mexico

Background
Captain Pedro Zapata has spent his entire life out at the sea, fishing. He got into the charter business as soon as he finished college, almost two decades ago, in 2000. He's a third-generation man of the sea and is currently over 350 fishing trips every year. Captain Pedro is an expert fisherman and will happily assist and instruct you in flyfishing and spinning techniques.

Hey, I'm Captain Pedro Zapata

Cozumel, Mexico
Background
Captain Pedro Zapata has spent his entire life out at the sea, fishing. He got into the charter business as soon as he finished college, almost two decades ago, in 2000. He's a third-generation man of the sea and is currently over 350 fishing trips every year. Captain Pedro is an expert fisherman and will happily assist and instruct you in flyfishing and spinning techniques.

My Charter Listings

Aquadventures - 30' Grand Slam

Cozumel
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trips from US$ 464

Aquadventures - Why Knot?

Cozumel
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trips from US$ 465

Aquadventures - 21’ Tauro

Cozumel
trips from US$ 465

Aquadventures - 42' Big Time

Cozumel
trips from US$ 700

Fishing Reports

Fishing & Snorkeling........Fun,Fun,Fun!

February 17, 2015

We´ve been having winds from the north and north-east, so fishing in deep water has been quite an experience jeje, nevertheless, mahi-mahi and wahoo love the weed lines so we´ve been catching them regularly, have not seen them yet… Read Full Report →


In shore & off shore action!!!!

February 02, 2015

Still getting The most out of the sea weed lines, been catching mahis and wahoos following them. Sunny days, some days waves make us remember Why the sea Is Not for everyone jajaja so We have decided To go… Read Full Report →


Mahi-mahi catches Are hot!!!

January 16, 2015

We've been having Big sea weed lines so mahi-mahi Fishing is great on these days. Getting enough hook ups for everyone on the boat. In this area we use ballyhoo and feathers to attract them, and in our particular… Read Full Report →

Customer Reviews

4.70 out of 5 stars from 35 reviews

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Birmingham, al
Went fishing on Thursday, July 19, 2018

Fished July 2018

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Pedro Zapata (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Thank you very much John, hope to see you back soon


Lubbock, tx
Went fishing on Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Wow…..all around everything you could asked for in a crew…....AWESOME WITH KIDS…...the guys were awesome…....great food…..great service….the best fishing trip we have had in cozemel….....thanks

Fished July 2018

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Pedro Zapata (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Thank you very much Steven!!

Hope to see you back soon in Cozumel.

Best regards


San Pedro Garza Garcia, nle
Went fishing on Friday, July 20, 2018

Had a very good experience on the Grand Slam. My only negative is the fishing chairs are wore out and need to be replaced. On the plus side the Captain and crew really worked well together.

Fished July 2018

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Pedro Zapata (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Thank you very much.

Taking note about the fighting chairs.


Cancún, roo
Went fishing on Monday, July 16, 2018

My family of 5, including 3 middle to late teens, put our phones down for a full 8 hrs!
We did nothing but pull Mahi Mahi (8) and Barracuda (2) out of the ocean for 6.5 hrs. Our final 2 hrs were spent snorkeling at Paradise Cove. It was the bluest water we have ever seen. Victor filleted 3 of our fish that we had cooked at a neighboring restaurant for dinner. It was the best day of our trip!!  Highly recommend it.

Fished July 2018

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Pedro Zapata (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Thank you Don, it is great to hear you fully enjoyed your day.

Hope to see you back soon

Give our regards to the family


Austin, tx
Went fishing on Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Two great days of fishing with the Grand Slam.  Victor, Miguel and Gustav is one of the hardest working crews I have ever fished with.  They put us on a lot of good fish, took care of all of our needs and fed us great food and drinks.  Class act fishing crew.  Great time.  Will do it again.

Fished July 2018

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Pedro Zapata (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, July 15, 2018

Thank you Monty, hope to see you back soon

Atlanta, Georgia
Went fishing on Friday, July 13, 2018

Pedro Zapata was great.  He arranged the full day fishing trip. Our captain was Augusto and Miguel was the crewman. They were an expert team and led our newbie fishing group in a very successful trip. Pedro arranged to have our catch fillet, frozen and packed.  Then he met us at the airport with it. We will be enjoying our fish this summer. Thank you for a wonderful time

Fished July 2018

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Pedro Zapata (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, July 15, 2018

Thank you Elisea, hope to see you back soon

Houston, Texas
Went fishing on Friday, July 6, 2018

Had an amazing trip!!!! Weather was beautiful!!!! Music was lively and the energy was on spot!!! We caught 5 awesome Mahi Mahi!! Our Captain even fixed up some fresh Ceviche and Guacamole!!! So delicious!!! Plenty of snack and drinks and even fresh cut fruit!!! Well worth the money!! Memories made!! Will definitely be back!!

Fished July 2018

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Pedro Zapata (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, July 8, 2018

Thank you very much Malissa,

Hope to see you back soon

Regards


Cancún, Quintana Roo
Went fishing on Wednesday, July 4, 2018

We had a great time fishing!  We are a family of 5 and even our youngest (6 yrs.) enjoyed being out on the boat. The captain made us some incredible ceviche for lunch.  We caught a total of 5 fish which was plenty for us to make a dinner.  Both the captain and first mate were great with the kids and tried their absolute best to make sure we were having a good time.  If you’re looking to fish for a bit while in the Cozumel area I would definitely check into this!

Fished July 2018

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Pedro Zapata (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Friday, July 6, 2018

Thank you very much Robert.

Hope to see you back soon


Edgewater, fl
Went fishing on Friday, June 8, 2018

Captain and crew got us on more magi mahi. This group is so great captain Pedro took our fish and is gonna get it to us (along with getting us a cooler since we have no transportation here) on Monday morning so we can fly home with fush

Fished June 2018

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Pedro Zapata (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, June 11, 2018

Thank you very much Mary, it was nice meeting you.

You’ll have fish fillets for great dinners back home.

Best regards

Edgewater, fl
Went fishing on Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Great crew. They worked really hard to get us in fish We had our share of dolphin total of 6 including this bull and cow. Thanks for a great trip. Can’t wait to do it again tomorrow

Fished June 2018

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Pedro Zapata (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Friday, June 8, 2018

Thank you Mary, let’s hope for tomorrow to be another great day.


Broomfield, co
Went fishing on Saturday, May 12, 2018

Pedro wasn’t our captain, but I believe he is the boat owner and is very nice and great at communication. I had booked a 6 hour trip but since there was a fishing tournament going on and his crew wanted to compete we got to stay out longer. We had discussed being in the tournament with him prior, but didn’t feel comfortable with the tournament rules and ability to collect on prizes. Pedro understood and registered us as part of our trip so I am very grateful for that. The crew was very nice. Agusto was one of the best fisherman I have ever fished with and Victor was also very good. Hector was hilarious and made things fun and Freddie is a captain in training and needs more time but with mentors like he has I believe he will be good. This was a once in a lifetime experience and even though I don’t agree with the route we took and not bringing our catch to weigh in I still think this is one of the best Cozumel charters. Going with Chichi’s charters for two days made me really wish I had gone all 3 days with this group.

Fished May 2018

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Pedro Zapata (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, May 24, 2018

Thank you Cory,

The big tournament is always around the same dates in May (weekend) and there are other small ones we can participate in.

Maybe next year you can come and be able to plan accordingly; if it is the case, send me a message/call early April so that we can work something out.

And yes, I totally agree that Victor and Augusto are one of the best crews out there.

Langhorne, pa
Went fishing on Monday, April 30, 2018

To be honest we couldn’t have envisioned a better experience.  The communication between Pedro and I was excellent.  After a long day in the air, a 30 minute taxi ride and a 45 minute ferry ride (on rough water late in the evening) we arrived in Cozumel.  Pedro helped navigate us to the apartment that we stayed in, which was excellent for the purpose needed.  The next morning we were greeted happily and supplied with a Yucatan Peninsula dish called Cochinita tortas.  They were spectacular!  When we arrived at the Marina Victor and Gustov greeted us warmly and worked very hard on the way through the Yucatan Channel.  We had a lot of success about an hour into the trip landing four Mahi Mahi’s.  On the way home we had another Mahi hit but we were unable to hook him.  However, we turned disappointment into euphoria when the Skip Jack Tuna hit and immediately dove to the bottom!  Best fight of the day!  I highly recommend these guys.  They are the best!!

Fished April 2018

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Pedro Zapata (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, May 10, 2018

Thank you Lou!!

I hope those mahis made a great dinner.

It was really nice meeting you, hope to see you back soon.

Regards


Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo
Went fishing on Monday, April 2, 2018

Great weather day out of Cozumel, Captain and crew were on time and the vessel was clean and neat.

With it being the very start of game fish season, we knew the risks of targeting billfish etc. Unfortunately the ocean did not provide today, but the crew worked hard to allow us every opportunity nonetheless.

Food and drinks were great, and although the fishing was slow, the experience was great and I would certainly look up Victor and his crew again should I come back to Cozumel.

Fished April 2018

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Pedro Zapata (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Thank you Kyle,

Yes, we are so close to the Billfish season.

We’ll get them next time.

Hope to see you back soon

Regards

San Miguel de Cozumel, Quintana Roo
Went fishing on Sunday, March 25, 2018

Good times with a solid crew

Fished March 2018

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Pedro Zapata (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, March 26, 2018

Thank you man!!


Dallas, tx
Went fishing on Wednesday, March 14, 2018

We had a blast fishing today with Victor and Crew. We knew it isn’t prime fishing season but wanted to go anyway. We fished for quite awhile before catching anything and then bam…4 barracuda and a beauty of a snapper. We will for sure hire Grand Slam on our next trip to Cozumel!

Fished March 2018

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Pedro Zapata (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Saturday, March 17, 2018

Thank you Jennifer,

We are very happy that you had a good time with us. Fishing season is just around the corner, hope to see you back soon.

Austin, Minnesota
Went fishing on Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Didn’t catch anything but the two guides worked there tails off. I only wanted big fish so that’s the chance you take.  I would do it again. Thanks

Fished January 2018

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Pedro Zapata (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, January 28, 2018

Thank you very much Todd.

From April to July is our fishing season for marlin, sailfish and big Mahi mahi, May being the month of the tournaments.

Best regards

Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Went fishing on Sunday, January 14, 2018

Our trip started a little slow but once we found the fish, game on. Augusto and Victor work as hard to put you on fish as anyone I’ve ever fished with.  Augusto kept changing baits and colors until he found the right combination. Very rewarding experience, we put some quality fish in the boat, and one huge mahi mahi. An unforgettable experience, and thanks also for the lunch and comradery.

Fished January 2018

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Pedro Zapata (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Friday, January 19, 2018

Thank you very much Robert!!

Hope to see you back soon.


Maple Grove, Minnesota
Went fishing on Friday, January 5, 2018

Tough weather crew works hard got some fish great time . We will go back.

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Pedro Zapata (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, January 7, 2018

Thank you Rick!!

Hope to see you back soon; remember, April, May and June are the best months for billfish and Mahi Mahi.


Jacksonville, Florida
Went fishing on Friday, November 24, 2017

Wonderful water. Northwest wind made it tough to find bones or tarpon. Struck out but no fault of the crew and setup. Really tried their hearts out but that’s Fishing.

Fished November 2017

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Pedro Zapata (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, November 27, 2017

Thank you Ted,

Yes, that northwest wind made it very hard.

We hope to see you back soon to give it another shot.

Best regards,

Golden, Colorado
Went fishing on Tuesday, October 3, 2017

amazing time with the crew, very knowledgeable, friendly and attention to detail

Fished October 2017

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Pedro Zapata (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, October 9, 2017

Thank you very much Anthony, hope to see you back soon.

Best regards

United States
Went fishing on Sunday, September 3, 2017

Fished September 2017

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Pedro Zapata (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Thank you very much Gina!! Hope to see you back soon.

Mexico
Went fishing on Monday, July 17, 2017

Great experience for my first time charter out of Cozumel. Captain and crew were very accommodating and very friendly and knowledgable. Already have another trip with them this Friday. Can’t wait

Fished July 2017

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Pedro Zapata (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Thank you very much Fred!!!

Let’s have another great day on Friday!

Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina
Went fishing on Sunday, June 18, 2017

Fished June 2017

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Pedro Zapata (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, June 29, 2017

Thank you for your review Kimberly, hope to see you back soon in Cozumel.

Frisco, Texas
Went fishing on Friday, June 16, 2017
Patrick Mcdonnell does not recommend Aquadventures - 42' Big Time

Fished June 2017

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Pedro Zapata (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, June 19, 2017

Hi Patrick,

I’m sorry to hear that the trip on board the Big Time didn’t turn out as expected.

There’s not much we can do about the marina, there are only a couple in Cozumel and the other one is the one getting work done now, hopefully they’ll get to Marina Caleta soon.

Thank you very much for your comments about the crew not talking to you enough, I will definitely let them know and we’ll make sure it doesn’t happen again.

The No Fish part, well, it was unfortunate. There are days like these. The Big Time has been catching lots of fish these past couple of months, participated in 3 tournaments and in all 3 had blue marlins on hook; like I said before, when fishing there are days like these.

I thank you again for fishing with us and for letting us know where we can improve.

Best regards

Salt Lake City, Utah
Went fishing on Monday, May 29, 2017

We had a great experience during our trip with the Grand Slam and crew. The crew was very friendly, knowledgeable, and professional. They did all they could in their power to put us on some fish, but as fishing goes, there are good and bad days. We just couldn’t get the fish to bite, but that is fishing. I would highly recommend using this boat and crew, as they will do all that they can to try to help you catch fish during your trip. They will constantly change baits, check on baits, etc. We were able to pull in one mahi mahi, but still had an enjoyable trip.

Fished May 2017

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Pedro Zapata (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Saturday, June 3, 2017

Thank you very much Robbie, hope to see you back soon.

Best regards

Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo
Went fishing on Sunday, April 30, 2017

I only rated a 3 is not anything anyone did or equipment or boat.  It was a very windy day so the sea was really choppy. The guys worked extremely hard to satisfy but there just wasn’t any fish. The other boats didn’t catch any either. We did however leave with a blackfin tuna. Thank you for the first time experience Augusta and Victor.

Fished April 2017

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Pedro Zapata (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, May 1, 2017

Thank you Karen,

It was a very windy day…....and yes, when you go out fishing there’s never the certainty of catching fish, just hard work and experience to increase the probabilities and make the best out of each chance.

Hope to see you back to give it another try, billfish season is starting, we just need to wait for a less windy day to get to those fishing grounds.

Best regards

Zeeland, Michigan
Went fishing on Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Booked an 8 hr Fish/Snorkel Trip w/ AquaAdventures.  The owner (Pedro) was very accommodating.  Exchanged several emails regarding our trip and agenda.  Pedro even helped with suggestions for other activities as this was my first trip to Cozumel.

Date of trip arrived and we were met immediately outside our resort at planned pick-up time.  Crew was very helpful and made every effort to make our day enjoyable.  We started off slow but the first mate continued to work to find the right bait/lure combination as the captain searched for fish.  Soon we were lulling in several Mahi until we decided we had our fill of fishing.

Myself and my two teenagers then went to snorkeling.  We started at Columbia Reef which was beautiful and amazing.  Lunch was provided which included some freshly made Civiche from our catch,  Again, the crew made every effort to provide a great meal.  The boat was well stocked with food, drink, fresh fruit and snacks.  the fresh civiche was a great compliment to the day.

I would highly recommend AquaAdventures for these type of excursions.  They also have a dive shop which I hope to take advantage of on our next trip.

Fished March 2017

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Pedro Zapata (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Thank you very much Cliff, I am very happy to hear you had fun with us.

Hope to see you back soon.

Best regards for you and your family

Oaxaca City, Oaxaca
Went fishing on Sunday, March 12, 2017

The captain and mate really took very good care of the group by making sure we were well attended too. We caught 5 fish and were able to bring mahi mahi to Carlos and Charlie’s for lunch too cook our fresh fish. It was delicious.  Going out with them on our trip.

Fished March 2017

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Pedro Zapata (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Thank you very much Joe!!!

I’m glad you had fun and we hope to catch more fish for you in the future.

Best regards

Saginaw, Michigan
Went fishing on Friday, February 24, 2017

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Ellington, Connecticut
Went fishing on Wednesday, January 25, 2017

We were picked up at 7:00am as promised at the Resort’s dock, once aboard, cruised out to open waters in about 25 minutes and fishing started, within minutes 5 lines were in water and we were fishing, we (the two of us) were lucky enough to catch -2- Barracuda and -3- Tuna thanks to the Captain and 1st mate, of course we do wonder if one or more of the three fish that got off the line might have been a BIG One, but that just makes it more desirable to come back and try again. Thank you Captain for a FABULOUS Fishing experience.  Anyone desiring a great time with an experienced charter crew, you definitively should book with them.

Bob and Missy
Connecticut, USA

Fished January 2017

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Pedro Zapata (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, February 6, 2017

Thank you very much for fishing with us, hope to see you back soon.

Best regards,


Elk River, Minnesota
Went fishing on Tuesday, November 10, 2015

We had a good time. The Mahe Mahe were bitting. Two doubles, and one single. Had three misses. Can’t complain with only fore hours of fishing. 11/10/15

Fished November 2015

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Pedro Zapata (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Thank you very much for fishing with us and hope to see you back soon!!!

Best Regards,

United States
Went fishing on Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Although we caught no fish, the crew & captain did everything possible from continually changing live baits, lures, depths & locations. We kept 5 lines in the water at all times the fish just weren’t biting that day. Otherwise it was a fantastic experience & would do again.

Fished November 2015

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Pedro Zapata (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Friday, November 13, 2015

Thank you very much Dale, hope to see you back soon and get another shot at catching fish with us.

Best regards

Mexico
Went fishing on Monday, October 26, 2015

Excellent trip! Rut did a wonderful job coordinating for us. She got us our taxi afterwards she had a restaurant willing to cook are catchs for us in Cozumel. Manuel did a wonderful job driving the boat.ChoCho our 1st mate did a professional job with the bait/hooks and cleaning our catch. The boat is clean and toilet clean. overall experience was exceptional and we will definitely come back and do it again with this crew.

Fished October 2015

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Canada
Went fishing on Tuesday, February 24, 2015

we had a great time . The capt and crew were great we caught 1 small dorado and a red snapper with a whole bunch of trigger fish . my children and i had a great time ! only thing i wish they had enough rods for the bottom fishing we did try hand lining it was cool but would have preferred a fishing rod . the staff was very nice and were happy to answer any questions we had and had no problem switching from trolling to bottom fishing .all iall we had a great time and would book again with aquadventures again!!

Fished February 2015

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Pedro Zapata (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, March 2, 2015


Went fishing on Friday, January 16, 2015

The crew went all out and rigged everything expertly and kept everything clear of seaweed. We caught three nice Mahi Mahi and since we were on a cruise could not take them home. They filleted one and took us to a restaurant that cooked it for us. My wife and three adult children were with me and everyone had a blast. Nice open boat, clean and plenty of water, soft drinks and beer. I received great communication by email from the boat captain about the weather.

Fished January 2015

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Pedro Zapata (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Thank you very much for Fishing with us, hope to see you back soon.