Cancun and the surrounding area offer some excellent sportfishing opportunities. Deep sea fishing in the outer Caribbean for sailfish, marlin, dorado, wahoo, grouper and bluefin tuna can be incredible. The many nearby inlets, flats and lagoons give anglers a chance to try their luck at catching tarpon, snook, permit and some hard fighting bonefish.
The nutrient rich Caribbean waters near Cancun support a vast array of sport fish with exceptional fishing opportunities all year long. We fish virtually every day and know where these fish are located.
World Class describes Ascension Bay and Bocapaila flats fishing. Hundreds of square miles where it’s common to see bonefish, permit, tarpon and barracuda in the same day, all year round! With seasons for migrants tarpon and snook. That’s why probably more Grand Slams have been caught here than anywhere else. You certainly have to bring tackle for all this species an at least 3 rods to be ready any time.
In the season we will fly fish for sails, it is not uncommon to raise 20 fish to the teasers and get at least a dozen shots on the fly, we use mostly 12 weight outfits with tandem hook fly's fished on 20 pound tippet.
For the offshore sportfishing enthusiast traditionally, February through August are excellent for sails, marlin, tuna and dolphin. The seas are mostly calm.
January through March can be windy, and boats usually run about 45 minutes to get to the good fishing out of the wind. Marlin, and large blackfin tuna, wahoo, mahi-mahi are plentiful then, as well as sailfish.
Full days are recommended for offshore bill fishing.
Mexico offers the sportfishing enthusiast some of the finest saltwater fishing available. Offshore, the Pacific Ocean and Gulf of Mexico offer opportunities for anglers to catch marlin, sailfish, tuna, wahoo, dolphin, and more. For the traveling angler, there are several fishing lodges and resorts to choose from in Mexico. These fishing lodges and resorts are in ideal locations for marlin, sailfish, tuna, wahoo, and dolphin fishing, and typically have access to charter boats. The cities and towns along the beaches of Mexico offer access to charter boats whose captains consistently provide their customers with exciting offshore action for marlin, sailfish, tuna, wahoo, and dolphin. Not to be overlooked is the fact that Mexico also possesses phenomenal freshwater fishing opportunities for tremendous largemouth bass, and lodging is available for those who choose this option.
Sailfishing in Cancun, Mexico is very exciting -- not only for the fantastic fishing -- but also to experience vacationing in another part of the world where the customs and culture are quite different from that of North America.
Marlin Magazine has ranked Mexico's Yucatan peninsula one of its Top 20 Billfishing Destinations, both for the light tackle fishing and the variety of species. For this reason hundreds of fishermen converge on the Yucatan each spring. Cozumel offers great open water fishing opportunities as well as Cancun. Both have numerous marinas and all the perks needed for those fun-loving sports fishermen who travel from Texas, Florida and the East coast of the United States.
You can expect to see tons of Atlantic sailfish with good numbers of white marlin mixed in from late March through June or even July. The prime months are April and May. The area of the Yucatan is similar to Venezuela's in its reliable production of billfish grand slams (one each of sailfish, white marlin, blue marlin). In addition to the good runs of sailfish and white marlin in the spring, blue marlin make a good showing from late April through June. Sail down and hook-up or fly into Cancun.
Sailfish, white and blue marlin, slammer dolphins, blackfin, skipjack, yellowfin tuna, kingfish and wahoo are abundant in the waters near Cancun, depending on the time of year. Atlantic sailfish migrate from late March to June or July. White marlin in May. June for blue marlin. Dorado (mahi mahi), snapper, tuna, kingfish and wahoo can be caught year round. Non migratory sailfish live close by throughout the year. Occasionally we see broadbill swordfish or spearfish. Most of the billfish are average size, but world records are set nearly every year so come try your luck!
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