Cancún Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Cancún Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Best Deep Sea Fishing Charters in Cancún

Top Deep Sea Fishing Charters in Cancún

Deep Sea Fishing in Cancún

Ranked among Saltwater Sportsman’s top 12 billfishing destinations in the world, there’s a lot to like about Cancun deep sea fishing. Huge packs of Sailfish decimate bait schools offshore, joined by both Blue and White Marlin for almost half the year. And it doesn’t end there. Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, and Blackfin Tuna all tag each out as the year rolls on. They say the party never stops in Cancun. What they don’t tell you is that the real action happens out at sea!

What to Expect from a Deep Sea Fishing Trip

You have to travel at least 20 miles to enjoy Cancun’s best big game battles, and some of the Sailfish grounds are over 30 miles out. That’s still no further than you’d go to find Snapper in the Gulf, though, and what you get here is bite after bite of monster pelagics.
Boats have released over 100 Sails in a single day fishing out of Cancun. It won’t just be Sailfish, either. A Billfish Grand Slam is well within reach of ambitious anglers in these waters. Even when they’re not around, you have massive Tuna, Wahoo, and King Mackerel to keep you busy.
So why do they all come here? Cancun juts out on the tip of the Yucatan Peninsula, where the warm waters of the Caribbean Current flow into the Gulf of Mexico. This puts you on the path of major migrations, with the narrow straits of the Yucatan Peninsula bunching them all together. Essentially, you’re sailing into the middle of a Big Game superhighway!

Fishing Seasons

We keep saying this down here in Quintana Roo, but there really is no bad time to visit. Sailfish can be caught as early as January, and are joined by Blue and White Marlin in March. The best Billfish action runs May through July, when all three species chase bait, lure, and fly with endless aggression.
And that’s just part of the picture. Tuna, Mahi Mahi, and Wahoo run a relay race in Cancun’s bluewaters, and there’s not a single month without any action. Throw in the awesome winter Kingfish bite, and you’ve got your work cut out whenever you decide to visit.

Fishing Techniques

Trolling is the go-to tactic for finding big fish in these waters. Dressed or even naked Ballyhoo drive Marlin and Sailfish crazy offshore, with dredge and surface teasers thrown in depending on what you’re after. Trolling live Bonito or Bluerunners is always an option, but you have to catch these on the go most of the time as tuna tubes are a rare sight.
If you’re up for even more of a challenge, some deep sea specialists offer big game fly fishing charters. Landing Atlantic Sailfish on fly gear is about as difficult as you can get and is the ultimate ambition of many seasoned fly fishers. If you’re used to fishing lakes and rivers, you’ll barely recognize some of the gear on these trips. Huge, 18-weight rods (yes, they make those), double-hooked big game flies, super-heavy sinking line. It’s fly fishing on steroids!

Need to Know

Licenses are provided by the boat on most Cancun deep sea fishing charters. You should always make sure when you book, though. Most local guides prefer catch & release for Billfish but expect other catch like Wahoo and Tuna to stay with the boat. This is something you should discuss before your trip if you have strong feelings one way or the other.
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Reviews of Fishing in Deep Sea Fishing in Cancún

Afternoon trip
Fred K. fished with La Patrona 46 Ft on July 21, 2021
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Be prepared for the heat and to catch fish
Our captain was Hector and our first mates were Omar and Arturo.
Kristy R. fished with Fishing Cancún Charters on July 15, 2021
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I 100% recommend it to all ages. They were very professional and helpful about what we should do with our catch. We ate ceviche and fish tacos from oylur barracuda catch at the onsite restaurant. My only advice is is specify what you want cooked. We had 32 tacos and 2 bowls of ceviche for 3 people. My family had a great time!!!!
5 hr fishing success!!!
Shawn B. fished with Noj Kay on June 4, 2021
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it's so worth the money if you want to get a fishing experience to go in as small a group as possible. you get so much more value for your time!!
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.
6 hour barracuda
Lam H. fished with SportfishingCancun - Mamacita on August 17, 2020
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bring your own food, bring your own means to bring back your catch
Half day trip with Captain Travis
David P. fished with Don Chingon Charters on December 11, 2019
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Be ready for an hour plus trip out to and back from fishing spot
6 hour trip
Bailey M. fished with Fishing Cancún Charters on December 10, 2019
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Take Dramamine, multiple members of our group got pretty sea sick
Amazing Day
Melissa S. fished with Family Fishing Cancun – 29' on July 23, 2019
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We had a great time and the Captain worked tirelessly, just wasn't our day to catch fish.

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