Riviera Maya Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Riviera Maya Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Top Riviera Maya Deep Sea Fishing Destinations

Best Deep Sea Fishing Charters in Riviera Maya

Deep Sea Fishing in Riviera Maya

No matter where you visit on the Riviera Maya, fishing has to top your to-do list. Some of the best deep sea fishing Riviera Maya has to offer is just a couple of miles from shore. Even when you do need to travel, you’re going to such epic fishing grounds that an hour’s cruise is a small price to pay. 
 
Riviera Maya’s target species read like a sportfisher’s Christmas list. Blue Marlin, White Marlin, and Sailfish top the action, closely followed by Wahoo, Tuna, and Mahi Mahi. If you time your trip right, you can catch three, or even four Billfish in one day, earning you a lifetime’s bragging rights and your name on the IGFA’s wall of fame.

Where to Go

The fish are pretty much the same wherever you go on Riviera Maya. The very south is yet to be developed for deep sea sportfishing, and towns like Tulum are best left for flats and fly fishers. Your two main regions to choose from are these.

North - Cancun & Isla Mujeres

Up at the top of the Yucatan Peninsula, and not technically on Riviera Maya, the fishing here is just too good to leave off the list. You’ll have to travel 20-30 miles to find the best spots but once you’re there you’ll never want to leave - even with Mexico’s most popular beach town to return to.
 
What makes fishing out of Cancun or Isla Mujeres special is a little thing called the Caribbean Current. All the major pelagic fish ride it into the Gulf, and it’s just an hour away. Add in the bottleneck that is the Yucatan Channel and you have some of the best big game battlegrounds in the country.

South - Cozumel & Playa Del Carmen

If you can’t stand bare to travel an hour to find fish, then maybe you should stick to shore fishing. Otherwise, just head down the coast to Cozumel or Playa Del Carmen. The waters here are so deep that you can find Marlin just two miles from shore.
 
The other thing that makes the area special is its elusive Swordfish population. Most charters don’t target them, with so many big game species just asking to be caught. Add them to Riviera Maya’s already incredible species list, though, and you could be on for a Billfish Super Grand Slam. It’s been done more than once here before.

When to Go

Riviera Maya’s deep sea fishing is good year-round for species like Wahoo and Tuna. The Billfish action starts in February with the first few Sailfish and can sometimes run into September. The best time to visit is May through July. This is when all the big game species are around at once and you’ll be battling fish after fish until you can’t carry on.
 
There are a few good tournaments if you’re the competitive type. Isla Mujeres’ Island Time Fishing Tournament kicks off the season in February, but the biggest event has to be the Rodeo de Lanchas Mexicanas in Cozumel. It has run every May for almost 50 years and boasts over $1,000,000 in prizes. You really have to bring your A-game to stand a chance here.

Fishing Techniques

Trolling rules the waves across Riviera Maya. Dressed Ballyhoo and daisy chains of bright squid lures are the usual bait of choice, but live Bonito and Bluerunners can also be caught on the go. You can expect some major run-and-gun action out in the Yucatan Channel but further south the fish are more closed in, meaning much less ground to cover.

Need to Know

Fishing licenses usually come included when fishing on a charter, but you should always make sure of this before you book. Charter guides prefer to catch and release Billfish but only a few are really strict on it. It's always a good idea to agree on what happens to the fish before your trip if you feel strongly one way or the other.
Riviera Maya
Excellent
4.4 / 5
Based on 28,781 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Deep Sea Fishing in Riviera Maya

Very accommodating, knowledgeable and experienced. Omar tended to our needs and focused on our experience.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Very accommodating, knowledgeable and experienced. Omar tended to our needs and focused on our experience.
Fishing Cancún Charters
Fishing Cancún Charters
Be patient if you're fishing for triggerfish. They have really small mouths with sharp teeth. They'll steal the bait a lot, but they are worth it once you get them on.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be patient if you're fishing for triggerfish. They have really small mouths with sharp teeth. They'll steal the bait a lot, but they are worth it once you get them on.
Pesca Solos Experiences
Pesca Solos Experiences
Dramamine and patience! It may take a bit to find a school but once you do... watch out! We had 4 fish on line at the same time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Dramamine and patience! It may take a bit to find a school but once you do... watch out! We had 4 fish on line at the same time.
Pescado Adventures – Luhrs 40'
Pescado Adventures – Luhrs 40'
We didn’t catch any fish, but that happens sometimes. Go as early in the morning as possible, that’s when I’ve had success in the past.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
We didn’t catch any fish, but that happens sometimes. Go as early in the morning as possible, that’s when I’ve had success in the past.
sport fishing in the caribbean sea
sport fishing in the caribbean sea
Read the reviews and pay attention to the fishing gears and the boat, I have fished here every year many boats are purely equipped! Month May is hot but is a high season.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Read the reviews and pay attention to the fishing gears and the boat, I have fished here every year many boats are purely equipped! Month May is hot but is a high season.
Gardi Crew
Gardi Crew
If you are looking for a great trip and catch fish this is the boat. If you want luxury with A/C and all the other amenities this is not your boat
Excellent
4.3 / 5
If you are looking for a great trip and catch fish this is the boat. If you want luxury with A/C and all the other amenities this is not your boat
Nuj Kay
Nuj Kay
We all took less drowsy Dramamine before hand and none of us got sea sick, definitely be prepared for larger waves
Excellent
4.7 / 5
We all took less drowsy Dramamine before hand and none of us got sea sick, definitely be prepared for larger waves
Nuj Kay
Nuj Kay
Get out early in the morning. Fish were hitting early, but dropped off as the day got warmer
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Get out early in the morning. Fish were hitting early, but dropped off as the day got warmer
Nuj Kay
Nuj Kay
Ask the captain what is in season, and go with their expertise! They truly want you to have a good time and catch fish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Ask the captain what is in season, and go with their expertise! They truly want you to have a good time and catch fish!
Alondra III
Alondra III
I would highly recommend fishing off of Playa del Carmen just make sure you do it with Isaias and Dani on the Alondra III.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would highly recommend fishing off of Playa del Carmen just make sure you do it with Isaias and Dani on the Alondra III.
Alondra III
Alondra III
weather conditions may make you have to re-book to find navigable seas. Be prepared to have some flexibility in scheduling.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
weather conditions may make you have to re-book to find navigable seas. Be prepared to have some flexibility in scheduling.
Gardi Crew
Gardi Crew
Take a sea sickness medication it was quite windy, we were lucky to get out our trip was postponed 5 days due to the wind
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Take a sea sickness medication it was quite windy, we were lucky to get out our trip was postponed 5 days due to the wind
Dolce Vita – 33' Bertram
Dolce Vita – 33' Bertram
Easy booking and the guide really goes all out to make sure you have a great experience. Hard worker, funny and I have caught fish 4 years in a row and will continue to use this company. I have had the same guide Mauricio which is Awesome!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Easy booking and the guide really goes all out to make sure you have a great experience. Hard worker, funny and I have caught fish 4 years in a row and will continue to use this company. I have had the same guide Mauricio which is Awesome!
Cancun Light Tackle & Fly Fishing Tours
Cancun Light Tackle & Fly Fishing Tours
Yes. It is easy to get to the boats. It is a fishing village with many available trips.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes. It is easy to get to the boats. It is a fishing village with many available trips.
Ciprea Fishing Expeditions-25'
Ciprea Fishing Expeditions-25'
We were on the last nice day to fish! Possibly go a week sooner or a month and it’ll be way better!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We were on the last nice day to fish! Possibly go a week sooner or a month and it’ll be way better!
Alondra III
Alondra III
Weather is warm lots of wind chop. Height of swells and long duration between swells made it great time to fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Weather is warm lots of wind chop. Height of swells and long duration between swells made it great time to fish.
JLC Fishing
JLC Fishing
We only caught Mahi Mahi, and this was one that I did list that I wanted to fish for. It would have been neat to also see some other fish, but in retrospect we should’ve booked a longer trip so we had more time to try for other fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We only caught Mahi Mahi, and this was one that I did list that I wanted to fish for. It would have been neat to also see some other fish, but in retrospect we should’ve booked a longer trip so we had more time to try for other fish.
Aquadventures – 30' Grand Slam
Aquadventures – 30' Grand Slam
If you plan to go reef fishing it is for beginners and you will have a lot of action. If you are not getting bites you may need to check your line or bait. Try to keep the bait as close to the bottom as possible as you can while you "drift" fish. That is how I would explain reef fishing. If you go deep sea fishing most of the fishing is done at the surface and trolling so the equipment does most of the work.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you plan to go reef fishing it is for beginners and you will have a lot of action. If you are not getting bites you may need to check your line or bait. Try to keep the bait as close to the bottom as possible as you can while you "drift" fish. That is how I would explain reef fishing. If you go deep sea fishing most of the fishing is done at the surface and trolling so the equipment does most of the work.
Abrimar Fishing Tour Cozumel
Abrimar Fishing Tour Cozumel
Great season to catch Mahi Mahi. Fighting fish that is delicious to eat. Came in early May
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great season to catch Mahi Mahi. Fighting fish that is delicious to eat. Came in early May
Pescado Adventures – Luhrs 40'
Pescado Adventures – Luhrs 40'
Pay attention to the advise the captain gives and simply just enjoy being in nature! Relax!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Pay attention to the advise the captain gives and simply just enjoy being in nature! Relax!
Cancun Light Tackle Fly Fish – 18'
Cancun Light Tackle Fly Fish – 18'

Top Targeted Deep Sea Fishing Species in Riviera Maya