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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Top Targeted Deep Sea Fishing Species in Cancún

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Sailfish

Wahoo

Marlin (White)

What People Are Saying About Deep Sea Fishing in Cancún

"4 hrs deep sea fish"

Sirada Norman fished with Amigo Fishing on April 3, 2018

Our original planned was 6 hrs deep sea fishing. We ran into some problem but Maneul and his crew were really helpful and really accommodate our trip. We ended up with only 4hrs because we insisted and wanted to go fishing. We ended up with a great trip. We caught a lot of Bonitoes, Tunas, Mahi and Baracuda. The captain and his maid were really great with what they 're doing. Enjoy the trip.

"December fishing trip"

Blake Zuber fished with Amigo Fishing on December 29, 2017

Had a great time. This crew was very good and I have been deep sea fishing many other times. The fish were not biting very well the first few spots but they found where they were biting and we hammered them. Great time

"Unforgettable experience"

Tania Wisel fished with Amigo Fishing on October 30, 2017

Great experience from the beggining to the end, the service from captain Mike and crew was amazing, we departed on time and we went far from Cancun to deep waters, we started trolling for and in less than 20 minutes we had the first Mahi Mahi on board. Then we looked for a big one and catched a very good Sailfish, on our way back we got a Barracuda. Great fishing day such as home (Australia)

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