Fishing Near the Yucatan Peninsula

The waters surrounding the Yucatan Peninsula are great for deep sea fishing and yacht chartering

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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.

Fishing

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 and Light Tackle FIshing

Maps

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 and Deep Sea 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.

Seasonal Catches

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.

Cancun Caught by Time of Year
SeasonFish
Year round Barracuda
Bonefish
Bonito
Mackerel
Mahi Mahi
Roosterfish
Snapper
Tuna
Winter Amberjack
Grouper
Kingfish
Shark
Snook
Tarpon
Spring Marlin
Permit
Snook
Tarpon
Wahoo
Summer Marlin
Permit
Salmon
Snook
Tarpon
Trout
Wahoo
Fall Amberjack
Kingfish
Marlin
Grouper
Permit
Sailfish
Wahoo
Playa Deep Sea Fishing

If you are considering deep sea fishing on your vacation, you will find 50 different charter fishing operators that can take you to the best fishing spots.

If you're ready to get in contact with a fishing charter, you might want to 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 found in downtown Playa del Carmen.

Another good 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.

Still another option is Mexican Caribbean Tours. Fish species vary according to season, as many fish migrate in this area. This tour service has two yachts: a 38' Betram and a 31' Chriscraft. They're located in Holbox, in eastern the Yucatan Peninsula.

The table just below provides you with more details on charters operating in this area.

Fishing Charters In the Yucatan Peninsula
Name Type Phone Location
Albatros Charters Fishing Charter Service (888) 333-4643 0.7 mi. South-Southwest of Central downtown San Miguel Cozumel
Amigos del Mar Fishing Fishing Charter Service (501) 226-2706 0.8 mi. Northeast of Central San Pedro Ambergris Caye
AquaWorld Fishing Charter Service 1-866-210-12-36 (US and Canada) 6.3 mi. Southeast of Central downtown Cancun Mexico
Aquaworld Fishing Charter Service (998) 848-8326 2.0 mi. South West of Central San Miguel Cozumel
Ascension Bay Bonefish Club Fishing Charter Service -- 0.1 mi. North-Northeast of Central Punta Allen Mexico
Belize Diving Adventures Fishing Fishing Charter Service (501) 226-3082 0.1 mi. East-Northeast of Central San Pedro Ambergris Caye
Belize Fish Finder Fishing Charter Service -- San Pedro, Southern part of the Yucatan Peninsula Ambergris Caye
Belize Parasail Plus Fishing Charter Fishing Charter Service (501) 226-3866 0.7 mi. Northeast of Central San Pedro Ambergris Caye
Blue Marlin Fishing Fishing Charter Service -- Tulum, Eastern part of the Yucatan Peninsula Mexico
Cancun Deep Sea Fishing Fishing Charter Service (800) 860-5917 Cancun Beach Hotel Zone Mexico
Cancun Fishing Fishing Charter Service (877) 288-7765 5.7 mi. East of Central downtown Cancun Mexico
Cancun Fishing Trips Fishing Charter Service (866) 357-4187 Cancun Mexico
Cancun Kianah's Sportfishing Fishing Charter Service (888) 825-2644 Cancun Mexico
Cap't Rick's Fishing Charter Service (984) 873-5195 1.0 mi. South-Southeast of Central La Gloria Mexico
Cari'Bean Tours Fishing Charters Fishing Charter Service (501) 601-8586 0.2 mi. East-Northeast of Central San Pedro Ambergris Caye
Cha Cha Cha Fishing Tours Fishing Charter Service (987) 872-2331 Downtown San Miguel Cozumel
Charter Fishing Cancun Fishing Charter Service (998) 200-3240 6.1 mi. East-Southeast of Central Cancun Mexico
Cozumel Charters Fishing Charter Service (987) 869-8560 San Miguel, Eastern part of the Yucatan Peninsula Cozumel
Cozumel Cruise Excursions Fishing Charter Service (305) 767-2779 San Miguel, Eastern part of the Yucatan Peninsula Cozumel
Diving Dog Fishing Charter Service (998) 848-8819 Villa Morelos, Eastern part of the Yucatan Peninsula Mexico
Fish Cozumel Fishing Charter Service (877) 270-2992 San Miguel, Eastern part of the Yucatan Peninsula Cozumel
Fishing Charters Cancun Fishing Charter Service (954) 283-8621 Cancun Beach Hotel Zone Mexico
Fishing Charters Cozumel Fishing Charter Service (987) 872-4573 3.5 mi. South West of Central downtown San Miguel Cozumel
Fishing Charters MX Fishing Charter Service (984) 873-5463 0.9 mi. South-Southeast of Central La Gloria Mexico
Fishing San Pedro Fishing Charter Service (501) 607-9967 San Pedro, Southern part of the Yucatan Peninsula Ambergris Caye
Fishing with Ivan Fishing Charter Service (984) 137-6397 Playa del Carmen Mexico
Freedom Tours Fishing Charter Service (501) 665-7106 San Pedro, Southern part of the Yucatan Peninsula Ambergris Caye
Go Fish! Fishing Charter Service (505) 699-7328 Playa del Carmen Mexico
GoFish Belize Fishing Charter Service (501) 226-3121 1.4 mi. Northeast of Central San Pedro Ambergris Caye
Gonzales Fishing Charters Fishing Charter Service -- San Pedro, Southern part of the Yucatan Peninsula Ambergris Caye
Holbox Collection Fishing Charter Service (998) 267-9836 0.3 mi. South of Central Downtown Holbox Holbox
Holbox Island Tours Fishing Charter Service (984) 875-2028 0.3 mi. South of Central Downtown Holbox Holbox
Holbox Travel Fishing Charter Service (866) 262-8621 0.3 mi. South of Central Downtown Holbox Holbox
Keen M International Fishing Charter Service (998) 877-0759 Isla Mujeres Isla Mujeres
Mexican Caribbean Tours Fishing Charter Service (998) 267-7845 0.3 mi. South of Central Downtown Holbox Holbox
Mexico Fly Fishing Fishing Charter Service (984) 100-0007 0.4 mi. South-Southeast of Central Akumal Mexico
Palometa Fishing Club Fishing Charter Service -- 0.1 mi. Southeast of Central Punta Allen Mexico
Playa Deep Sea Fishing Fishing Charter Service (984) 140-5109 Downtown Playa del Carmen Mexico
Portofino Fishing Fishing Charter Service (501) 678-5096 6.6 mi. Northeast of Central San Pedro Ambergris Caye
Riviera Maya Fishing Fishing Charter Service -- 0.3 mi. North-Northeast of Central Puerto Morelos Mexico
SEAduced by Belize Fishing Charter Service (501) 226-2254 San Pedro, Southern part of the Yucatan Peninsula Ambergris Caye
Silvertail Expeditions Fishing Charter Service (984) 876-5511 Playa del Carmen, Eastern part of the Yucatan Peninsula Mexico
Spearfishing Today Holbox Fishing Charter Service (987) 876-0682 Eastern part of the Yucatan Peninsula Holbox
Sport Fishing Charters Fishing Charter Service (866) 632-1969 Cancun Mexico
Tequila Beach Tours Fishing Charters Fishing Charter Service (983) 117-3519 0.6 mi. Northeast of Central Mahahual Mexico
Tequila Sunrise Fishing Charter Service (984) 112-1989 0.9 mi. South-Southeast of Central La Gloria Mexico
Tres Hermanos Fishing Charter Service (987) 107-0655 San Miguel, Eastern part of the Yucatan Peninsula Cozumel
Wasabi Loco Fishing Charter Service (972) 325-4032 1.3 mi. Southeast of Central La Gloria Mexico
White Sands Fishing Fishing Charter Service (501) 226-2405 0.5 mi. East of Central Ambergris Caye Ambergris Caye
Yucatan On The Fly Fishing Charter Service -- 0.4 mi. Southeast of Central Akumal Mexico
Aquarius Fishing

You'll find 7 different local fishing guides listed below.

Fishing Guides In the Yucatan Peninsula
Name Type Phone Location
Aquarius Fishing Fishing Guide Service (954) 623-8620 1.6 mi. Northeast of Central downtown San Miguel Cozumel
Cayo Frances Farm & Fly Fishing Fishing Guide Service (501) 610-3841 1.5 mi. West-Northwest of Central Ambergris Caye Ambergris Caye
El Pescador Fishing Fishing Guide Service (501) 226-2398 3.4 mi. Northeast of Central San Pedro Ambergris Caye
Fly Water Fishing Guide Service (800) 552-2729 Mahahual, Southeastern part of the Yucatan Peninsula Mexico
Pesca Maya Fishing Fishing Guide Service (998) 848-2496 0.6 mi. North of Central Punta Allen Mexico
Tres Pescados Fly Shop Fishing Guide Service (501) 226-3474 0.7 mi. Northeast of Central San Pedro Ambergris Caye
Xanadu Island Resort Fishing Package Fishing Guide Service (866) 351-4752 0.4 mi. South West of Central San Pedro Ambergris Caye
 

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