When vacationing in the Yucatan Peninsula, it is hard to ignore the waters of the Caribbean as they lap against the soft sand, calling out to all who will listen. Luckily, visitors don't have to stand by the seaside wishing they could set sail. Despite being overshadowed by the resort industry, fishing in the Yucatan and the surrounding areas is a popular past time.
Anglers hoping to spend some time fishing in the Yucatan will be glad to learn that the warm waters, surrounding reefs, and currents bring an abundance of fish to the Mexican Caribbean. Sports fishing in deep waters can begin just moments after leaving the shore because of an underwater trench, which causes and deep dip in depth, preventing wasted travel time aboard a fishing boat. The numerous bays and shallow fishing grounds allow for fly and light tackle fishing as well.
Fly fishing is done in shallow areas (usually about a foot deep), where the water is clear enough to see to the bottom. Fly fisherman use boats specifically built to navigate flats, or pull on their wading boots and hop right into the water. Ascension Bay and Boca Paila Bay are two of the most popular fly fishing spots in the region, where it is not uncommon to catch tarpon, barracuda, permit, and bonefish in one day.
It is also possible to do some fly and spin tackle fishing during your Mexican vacation, and this can likewise be done in Ascension Bay and Boca Paila Bay (as well as other rivers, lakes, and lagoons). Light tackle fishing, as opposed to fly fishing, requires waters to be about 9 feet deep. Permit, tarpon, barracuda, snook, Spanish mackerels, and jacks are common light tackle caught in the Mexican Caribbean.
If you're interested in doing some fly or light tackle fishing during your Yucatan vacation, there are a number of chartering companies that offer fishing trips to do just that. Check out Cancun Deep Sea Fishing, Cancun Fishing Charters, Cancun Fishing Trips, Cancun Fly Fishing, Cozumel Fly Fishing, Fishing Tours Cancun, Marina Barracuda, Scuba Cancun, and Uno Mas Sport Fishing.
Bottom fishing occurs when anglers take a boat out into the sea, anchor, and drop weighted lines down into the water. Patience is required when bottom fishing, but it usually pays off with catches that anglers can take home and cook for dinner, such as grouper, trigger fish, and red snapper.
The Yucatan Peninsula is an excellent location for big game fishing all year long, due to a deep water channel that runs between Cozumel and the Yucatan coast. As the gulf stream waters from this channel flow past Cancun, an abundance of fish flow with it. Blue marlin, white marlin, sailfish, wahoo, dorado, tuna, kingfish, barracuda, and grouper take residence in these waters.
If you're planning a fishing trip to the Yucatan and there is a particular catch you're after, you'll want to familiarize yourself with the fishing seasons in the Mexican Caribbean. Listed below is the Mexican Caribbean's seasonal fishing calendar.
If you like the idea of spending some time with a rod in your hand, you will find 46 different charter operators that can take you to the best fishing spots.
If you'd like to get in contact with a fishing charter, you can check with Playa Deep Sea Fishing. Each fishing excursion includes all of your fishing tackle, bait, and ice as well as water, soft drinks, and beer. But fishing isn't their only offering. They are located within downtown Playa del Carmen.
Another option is Ascension Bay Bonefish Club. At ABBC they cater to the traveling fly fisherman who wants the best service in the Caribbean. Their offerings include customized pangs with poling platforms, casting platforms, and rod holders.
A third good option is Diving Dog. Trolling and bottom fishing are the specialized fishing trips offered by Diving Dog. Included in the price is your fishing license, bait and tackle, and drinks. They're located in Villa Morelos, in eastern Yucatan Peninsula.
The following chart provides quick access to more details concerning charters operating in this area.
|Albatros Charters||(888) 333-4643||San Miguel, Eastern part of Yucatan Peninsula||Cozumel|
|Amigos del Mar Fishing||(501) 226-2706||0.8 mi. Northeast of Central San Pedro||Ambergris Caye|
|AquaWorld||(998) 848-8326||6.3 mi. Southeast of Central downtown Cancun||Mexico|
|(998) 848-8326||2.0 mi. South West of Central San Miguel||Cozumel|
|Ascension Bay Bonefish Club||--||0.1 mi. North-Northeast of Central Punta Allen||Mexico|
|Belize Fish Finder||--||San Pedro, Southern part of Yucatan Peninsula||Ambergris Caye|
|--||Tulum, Eastern part of Yucatan Peninsula||Mexico|
|Cancun Deep Sea Fishing||(800) 860-5917||Cancun Beach Hotel Zone||Mexico|
|Cancun Fishing Trips||(866) 357-4187||Cancun||Mexico|
|Cancun Kianah's Sportfishing||(888) 825-2644||Cancun||Mexico|
|Cap't Rick's||(984) 873-5195||1.0 mi. South-Southeast of Central La Gloria||Mexico|
|Cha Cha Cha Fishing Tours||(529) 872-2331||Downtown San Miguel||Cozumel|
|Charter Fishing Cancun||(998) 200-3240||6.1 mi. East-Southeast of Central Cancun||Mexico|
|Cozumel Charters||(987) 869-8560||San Miguel, Eastern part of Yucatan Peninsula||Cozumel|
|Cozumel Cruise Excursions||(305) 767-2779||San Miguel, Eastern part of Yucatan Peninsula||Cozumel|
|Diving Dog||(998) 848-8819||Villa Morelos, Eastern part of Yucatan Peninsula||Mexico|
|Fish Cozumel||(877) 270-2992||San Miguel, Eastern part of Yucatan Peninsula||Cozumel|
|Fishing Charters Cancun||(954) 283-8621||Cancun Beach Hotel Zone||Mexico|
|Fishing Charters Cozumel||(987) 872-4573||3.5 mi. South West of Central downtown San Miguel||Cozumel|
|Fishing Charters MX||(984) 873-5463||0.9 mi. South-Southeast of Central La Gloria||Mexico|
|Fishing San Pedro||(501) 607-9967||San Pedro, Southern part of Yucatan Peninsula||Ambergris Caye|
|Fishing with Ivan||(984) 137-6397||Playa del Carmen||Mexico|
|Freedom Tours||(501) 665-7106||San Pedro, Southern part of Yucatan Peninsula||Ambergris Caye|
|Go Fish!||(505) 699-7328||Playa del Carmen||Mexico|
|GoFish Belize||(501) 226-3121||1.4 mi. Northeast of Central San Pedro||Ambergris Caye|
|--||San Pedro, Southern part of Yucatan Peninsula||Ambergris Caye|
|Holbox Collection||(998) 267-9836||0.3 mi. South of Central Downtown Holbox||Holbox|
|Holbox Island Tours||(984) 875-2028||0.3 mi. South of Central Downtown Holbox||Holbox|
|Holbox Travel||(866) 262-8621||0.3 mi. South of Central Downtown Holbox||Holbox|
|Keen M International||(998) 877-0759||Isla Mujeres||Isla Mujeres|
|Mexican Caribbean Tours||(998) 267-7845||0.3 mi. South of Central Downtown Holbox||Holbox|
|(987) 872-1379||3.4 mi. Northeast of Central downtown San Miguel||Cozumel|
|Palometa Fishing Club||--||0.1 mi. Southeast of Central Punta Allen||Mexico|
|Playa Deep Sea Fishing||(984) 140-5109||Downtown Playa del Carmen||Mexico|
|Portofino Fishing||(501) 678-5096||1.4 mi. South of Central Ambergris Caye||Ambergris Caye|
|Riviera Maya Fishing||--||0.3 mi. North-Northeast of Central Puerto Morelos||Mexico|
|SEAduced by Belize||(501) 226-2254||San Pedro, Southern part of Yucatan Peninsula||Ambergris Caye|
|Silvertail Expeditions||(984) 876-5511||Playa del Carmen, Eastern part of Yucatan Peninsula||Mexico|
|Spearfishing Today Holbox||(987) 876-0682||Eastern part of Yucatan Peninsula||Holbox|
|Sport Fishing Charters||(866) 632-1969||Cancun||Mexico|
|Tequila Beach Tours Fishing Charters||(983) 117-3519||0.6 mi. Northeast of Central Mahahual||Mexico|
|Tequila Sunrise||(984) 112-1989||0.9 mi. South-Southeast of Central La Gloria||Mexico|
|Tres Hermanos||(987) 107-0655||San Miguel, Eastern part of Yucatan Peninsula||Cozumel|
|Wasabi Loco||(972) 325-4032||1.3 mi. Southeast of Central La Gloria||Mexico|
|White Sands Fishing||(501) 226-2405||0.5 mi. East of Central Ambergris Caye||Ambergris Caye|
You will find 5 different fishing guides listed below.
|Aquarius Fishing||(954) 623-8620||1.6 mi. Northeast of Central downtown San Miguel||Cozumel|
|El Pescador Fishing||(501) 226-2398||3.4 mi. Northeast of Central San Pedro||Ambergris Caye|
|Fly Water||(800) 552-2729||Mahahual, Southeastern part of Yucatan Peninsula||Mexico|
|Pesca Maya Fishing||(998) 848-2496||0.6 mi. North of Central Punta Allen||Mexico|
|Tres Pescados Fly Shop||(501) 226-3474||0.7 mi. Northeast of Central San Pedro||Ambergris Caye|
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