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

Riviera Maya: 126 fishing charters available
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(109 reviews)
Benito Juárez
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trips from $600
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(31 reviews)
Playa Del Carmen
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trips from $280
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(27 reviews)
Puerto Morelos
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trips from $320
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(15 reviews)
Playa Del Carmen
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trips from $450

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
4.3 / 5
Based on 26,558 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Deep Sea Fishing in Riviera Maya

check out the Lagoon fishing for Tarpon,bones, huge permit, big jacks, No rough water and awesome wildlife all around you!!! Off shore is close, go for it!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
check out the Lagoon fishing for Tarpon,bones, huge permit, big jacks, No rough water and awesome wildlife all around you!!! Off shore is close, go for it!!
Bill  R.
Bill R.
If your debating between the 4 hour or 6 hour trip I would fully recommend doing the full 6 hour trip. We caught half of our fish in the last 2 hours of the trip. Gives the crew the best chance to get you on the fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If your debating between the 4 hour or 6 hour trip I would fully recommend doing the full 6 hour trip. We caught half of our fish in the last 2 hours of the trip. Gives the crew the best chance to get you on the fish.
Brandon  H.
Brandon H. Cold Spring, MN
Do the full day. Bring plenty of sun screen (and be sure sprayer isn’t plugged up!)
Very good
4.0 / 5
Do the full day. Bring plenty of sun screen (and be sure sprayer isn’t plugged up!)
Tom  F.
Tom F. Carmel, IN
The port you sail from has a sea weed problem but look and smell past that. It’s well worth it.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The port you sail from has a sea weed problem but look and smell past that. It’s well worth it.
Alan  P.
Alan P. Cancún, Quintana Roo
Captian Hector and crew from FISH'S were amazing best ocean fishing experience ever
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Captian Hector and crew from FISH'S were amazing best ocean fishing experience ever
Scott  V.
Scott V. Juarez, Quintana Roo
Bring plenty of sun block. Relax and let the crew do their thing. If the fish are there they’ll get them on the line.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring plenty of sun block. Relax and let the crew do their thing. If the fish are there they’ll get them on the line.
Kevin  B.
Kevin B. Hamilton, ON
Pick the GrandSlam!!!!! The crew is absolutely amazing!!!! They are so friendly and makes your trip very worth the trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Pick the GrandSlam!!!!! The crew is absolutely amazing!!!! They are so friendly and makes your trip very worth the trip.
Jacob  B.
Jacob B. Independence, KY
I would say that Hector from cancun fishing charters was super knowledgeable and professional. The crew has a great technique for catching fish!!!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would say that Hector from cancun fishing charters was super knowledgeable and professional. The crew has a great technique for catching fish!!!!
Timothy  F.
Timothy F. Spokane Valley, WA
The absolute best. These guys know there stuff. 3 sailfish in 3 hours. We stopped counting shallow bottom fish after 12.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The absolute best. These guys know there stuff. 3 sailfish in 3 hours. We stopped counting shallow bottom fish after 12.
Dave  A.
Dave A. Houston, BC
Go enjoy the time, the first timers can rest knowing that the crews there will give them a great experience. They are experts who make it simple for any new anglers to have a great time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go enjoy the time, the first timers can rest knowing that the crews there will give them a great experience. They are experts who make it simple for any new anglers to have a great time.
STEVEN  S.
STEVEN S. Hayesville, NC
Trust the fishing guide he is the one with the fishing knowledge in this waters , we had the best capitan and first mate on the boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Trust the fishing guide he is the one with the fishing knowledge in this waters , we had the best capitan and first mate on the boat
Erik  T.  P.
Erik T. P. Newcastle, OK
Eat a hardy Breakfast, these fish are big and fast. Snorkel with the turtles for lunch.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Eat a hardy Breakfast, these fish are big and fast. Snorkel with the turtles for lunch.
Bryon  S.
Bryon S. Mexico
Fantastic boat, really good spots, nice lagoon, good service. Spots are also not wildly far to each other, which it is an advantage, more fishing time!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fantastic boat, really good spots, nice lagoon, good service. Spots are also not wildly far to each other, which it is an advantage, more fishing time!
Jose  Z.
Jose Z. Chicago, IL
Go from May onwards if you want Marlin, still some good fish out there though
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Go from May onwards if you want Marlin, still some good fish out there though
Darren  H.
Darren H. Tulum, Quintana Roo
Getting with high quality guides like Victor, Augusto and Miguel on the Grand Slam
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Getting with high quality guides like Victor, Augusto and Miguel on the Grand Slam
Mark  R.
Mark R. Whitesville, KY
Just have fun, the fish are almost suicidal. Stay off the sauce too, just drink water otherwise you'll be sick. Apart from that, you'll love it!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Just have fun, the fish are almost suicidal. Stay off the sauce too, just drink water otherwise you'll be sick. Apart from that, you'll love it!
Gary  C.
Gary C. Juarez, Quintana Roo
The seas were calm and beautiful but we did not Fairchild any bigger fish like Mahi mahi. The kids has a great time and caught 9 trigger fish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The seas were calm and beautiful but we did not Fairchild any bigger fish like Mahi mahi. The kids has a great time and caught 9 trigger fish!
Jody  B.
Jody B. South Lake Tahoe, California
Not the crews fault at all. We went on an afternoon trip so hard to really say. We didn’t catch the big game fish we wanted but we caught some good tuna.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Not the crews fault at all. We went on an afternoon trip so hard to really say. We didn’t catch the big game fish we wanted but we caught some good tuna.
Jeff  S.
Jeff S.
We had only been fishing once before and our guides were great for our limited knowledge
Excellent
4.7 / 5
We had only been fishing once before and our guides were great for our limited knowledge
Tim  H.
Tim H. Bothell, WA
It is fishing. We loved loved loved our time abourd the SeaRose. Just ask and they will provide. Magical.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It is fishing. We loved loved loved our time abourd the SeaRose. Just ask and they will provide. Magical.
Marychris  S.
Marychris S. Solidaridad, Quintana Roo

Top Targeted Deep Sea Fishing Species in Riviera Maya