Fishing Near 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

If you are thinking about catching some fish during your vacation, you will find 48 different charter operators that can help make it happen.

If you're ready to organize a fishing trip, you might want to contact 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 good option is Ascension Bay Bonefish Club. A small fishing lodge, guests who work with ABBC spend their days fly fishing the flats of Ascension Bay, which are especially known for their abundance of Permit. They have been in business for over 30 years and have pioneered what is now the standard in the area: a two to one guide to guest ratio which means you'll always enjoy personalized service.

A third option is Diving Dog. Diving Dog is based out of Puerto Morelos where some of the best fishing in the area can be found thanks to the close nature of the second largest barrier reef in the world. Experience a fishing adventure like no other when you sign up for an excursion with this group of hospitable anglers. They're located in Villa Morelos, in eastern Yucatan Peninsula.

The table right below provides you with quick access more information on the fishing charters operating in this area.

Fishing Charters In Yucatan Peninsula
Name Phone Location
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
Aquaworld (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 Diving Adventures Fishing (501) 226-3082 0.1 mi. East-Northeast of Central San Pedro Ambergris Caye
Belize Fish Finder -- San Pedro, Southern part of Yucatan Peninsula Ambergris Caye
Blue Marlin Fishing -- Tulum, Eastern part of Yucatan Peninsula Mexico
Cancun Deep Sea Fishing (800) 860-5917 Cancun Beach Hotel Zone Mexico
Cancun Fishing (877) 288-7765 Cancun 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
Cari'Bean Tours Fishing Charters (501) 601-8586 0.2 mi. East-Northeast of Central San Pedro Ambergris Caye
Cha Cha Cha Fishing Tours 52 987 87 22 331 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
Gonzales Fishing Charters -- 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
Ocean Tours Deep Sea Fishing (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 6.6 mi. Northeast of Central San Pedro 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 local fishing guides in the following table.

Fishing Guides In Yucatan Peninsula
Name Phone Location
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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