Fishing in Mexico

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Anglers from around the world dream of fishing in Mexico. Flanked by the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, and blessed with 6,000 miles of coastline, Mexico is hom...

Anglers from around the world dream of fishing in Mexico. Flanked by the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, and blessed with 6,000 miles of coastline, Mexico is home to over 500 different species of fish, from bass and red snapper to big game fish like Swordfish and Striped Marlin.

It’s the unique proximity to two very different bodies of water that makes Mexico a sport fishing mecca. On the Pacific side, big, beautiful game fish like Pacific Sailfish, Swordfish, Dorado (Mahi Mahi), Tuna, Wahoo, and a variety of Marlin are available year-round. On the Gulf of Mexico the Yucatán peninsula provides spectacular access to Atlantic varieties of Sailfish, Swordfish and Marlin, and many protected bays for inshore fly fishing that draw world-class fishing enthusiasts and novices alike.

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Most popular fishing boats charters in Mexico

Hewes Redfisher

3 18,50 ft

Cancun, Riviera Maya (MX)

From $350
Deposit non-refundable

Maverick

2 16,40 ft

Cancun, Riviera Maya (MX)

From $300
Deposit non-refundable

Mahi Dreamer

4 26,00 ft

Mazatlan, Mexico (MX)

From $200
FREE Cancellation 14 days notice

Chutzpah

8 34,00 ft

Cancun, Riviera Maya (MX)

From $725
FREE Cancellation 14 days notice

Isabella

6 29,00 ft

Cancun, Riviera Maya (MX)

From $350
FREE Cancellation 14 days notice

Christine I

8 37,00 ft

Cancun, Riviera Maya (MX)

From $600
FREE Cancellation 14 days notice

Samaki

8 32,00 ft

Cancun, Riviera Maya (MX)

From $580
FREE Cancellation 3 days notice

Wasabi 32 Blackfin

6 32,00 ft

Puerto Aventuras, Riviera Maya (MX)

From $495
Deposit non-refundable

Lobster Tales

10 40,00 ft

Puerto Aventuras, Riviera Maya (MX)

From $675
FREE Cancellation 7 days notice

Deep Sea Fishing Charters in Mexico

Dive into the heart of Mexico's deep sea fishing scene, with charters starting at $250, offering access to waters ranging from 600 to 4,000 feet deep. Ideal for capturing marlin, tuna, and dorado, these expeditions cater to both novice and experienced anglers. The best season stretches from May to September, aligning perfectly with the optimal deep-sea conditions. Enjoy the thrill of the catch against the backdrop of Mexico's stunning offshore landscapes, making for an unforgettable fishing adventure.

MV Mambo 5

6 27,00 ft

La Paz, Baja California Sur (MX)

From $999
Deposit non-refundable

Mahi Dreamer

4 26,00 ft

Mazatlan, Mexico (MX)

From $200
FREE Cancellation 14 days notice

Lobster Tales

10 40,00 ft

Puerto Aventuras, Riviera Maya (MX)

From $675
FREE Cancellation 7 days notice

Best fishing charters in Mexico

Select Mexico's premier fishing charters, highly praised in user reviews. Experience unparalleled service on boats that redefine deep-sea fishing, promising adventure and abundant catches.

 

 

 

 

Cabo Marlini 31

5 31,00 ft

Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur (MX)

From $770
Deposit non-refundable

Hewes Redfisher

3 18,50 ft

Cancun, Riviera Maya (MX)

From $350
Deposit non-refundable

Mahi Dreamer

4 26,00 ft

Mazatlan, Mexico (MX)

From $200
FREE Cancellation 14 days notice

Best Priced Sportfishing Boat Rentals in Mexico

Find Mexico's best-priced sportfishing boat rentals, offering value and top-notch features for unforgettable angling. Selected for affordability, these boats promise premium fishing adventures without breaking the bank.

 

 

 

 

Bibi Fleet Sportfishing

10 40,00 ft

Mazatlan, Mexico (MX)

From $0
Deposit non-refundable

Mahi Dreamer

4 26,00 ft

Mazatlan, Mexico (MX)

From $200
FREE Cancellation 14 days notice

La Burra Vieja Super Panga

4 26,00 ft

San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur (MX)

From $250
FREE Cancellation 14 days notice

Reviews from the users

We had a great day! Was pretty rough on the sea, but we still managed to catch a couple! The Capitan and First Mate were really great and my kids had a super time! I would absolutely book this again!
Alison McMaster

Très belle sortie, le.coin de pêche est magnifique, surtout au lever du soleil. Nous avons bien pêché, et José a été un très bon guide.
Mélina JOLI

Sehr sehr schöner Ausflug. Super Guiding sehr freundlich und hilfsbereit die Bisse der Fische unbeschreiblich. Das war sicher nicht das letzte mal 👍🏻👍🏻
Matthias Schneider


Daniel Isla Abenojar

Tips & Tricks for Fishing Trips in Mexico

The Pacific Coast of Mexico is home to world-famous fishing destinations such as Cabo San Lucas, La Paz, and Puerto Vallarta. The Baja California peninsula alone offers a tremendous variety of fishing opportunities— the Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California) is a breeding and spawning ground for Mahi Mahi (Dorado) and other pelagic fish species. The areas along the inner shoreline offer rock-oriented fishing - targeting amberjack or yellowtail and roosterfish etc - , whereas the tip of the peninsula at Cabo San Lucas is a jumping off point for deep sea fishing.

Baja California Sur has such a variety of fishing opportunities that you can spend an entire lifetime just getting to know all the bays, lagoons, and islands on both coasts of this long, narrow peninsula.

Along the east coast of Mexico there is no shortage of fishing on the Yucatán Peninsula either. No matter where you visit on the Riviera Maya— Playa del Carmen, Isla Mujeres, Cancun, and Cozumel – the catch is always good. Anywhere along the east coast the fish are certain to be biting, unless cold thermal currents have driven them south to warmer water.

Mexico is a huge country and also has hundreds of lagoons and bays for the inshore fisherman. Fly fishing is very popular, and experienced guides can help you catch the trophy fish of your dreams, and there is an abundance of luxury fishing lodges on every coast. If you plan on fishing on your own with a hired guide, then we recommend bringing your own fly fishing gear, as it may be difficult to find what you need or are accustomed to using. However, if you are planning on staying at a fishing resort, then chances are you won’t need to bring much gear, but definitely check with the resort before boarding your flight!

Does Mexico have good fishing?

Yes, Mexico is known for its excellent fishing opportunities, both in its Pacific and Caribbean coasts, as well as in its many rivers and lakes. The country is home to a wide range of fish species, including marlin, sailfish, tuna, dorado, roosterfish, snapper, and many others. Some popular fishing destinations in Mexico include Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, Cancun, and the Baja California Peninsula. Additionally, Mexico hosts several fishing tournaments throughout the year, which attract anglers from all over the world.

Top sport fishing species in Mexico

FISHING SEASON IN Mexico

Each coast has a different variety of fish and different fishing seasons, which means that the fishing is always hot in Mexico!

What month is best to fish in Mexico?

The best month to fish in Mexico depends on the specific location and type of fish you are targeting. Generally, the peak fishing season in Mexico is from May to September, when warm waters bring in a wide variety of fish species. This is a great time to target marlin, sailfish, tuna, dorado, and other big game fish. During the winter months, from December to February, the waters around Baja California are known for excellent fishing for yellowtail, grouper, and snapper. Some fishing destinations in Mexico, such as Los Cabos, offer year-round fishing opportunities, with different species being more abundant at different times of the year. Below, you can find which species bite each month, per region.

Baja California & West Coast

January:  Sierra, Yellowtail (Amberjack), Dorado (Mahi Mahi), Pargo

February:  Striped Marlin, Dorado, Sierra, Pargo, Yellowtail

March:  Striped Marlin, Dorado, Roosterfish, Yellowfin Tuna, Sierra, Pargo, Yellowtail

April:  Striped Marlin, Dorado, Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, Roosterfish, Sierra, Pargo, Yellowtail

May:  Striped Marlin, Dorado, Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, Roosterfish, Pargo, Yellowtail

June:  Striped Marlin, Blue Marlin, Black Marlin, Sailfish, Dorado, Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, Roosterfish, Yellowtail

July:  Striped Marlin, Blue Marlin, Black Marlin, Dorado, Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, Roosterfish, Sailfish

August:  Striped Marlin, Blue Marlin, Black Marlin, Sailfish, Dorado, Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, Roosterfish

September:  Striped Marlin, Blue Marlin, Black Marlin, Sailfish, Dorado, Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, Roosterfish

October: Striped Marlin, Blue Marlin, Black Marlin, Sailfish, Dorado, Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, Roosterfish, Sierra

November: Blue Marlin, Black Marlin, Sailfish, Dorado, Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, Sierra

December:  Blue Marlin, Black Marlin, Sailfish, Dorado, Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, Sierra, Yellowtail

Yucatán Peninsula & Riviera Maya

January: Yellowtail (Amberjack), Grouper, King Mackerel, Snook, Tarpon, Tuna, Wahoo, Snapper

February: Tuna, King Mackerel, Wahoo, Yellowtail, Barracuda, Snapper, Grouper, Snook, Jack Crevalle

March: Tuna, King Mackerel, Wahoo, Yellowtail, Barracuda, Snapper, Grouper, Snook, Jack Crevalle

April: Marlin, Permit, Snook, Tarpon, Wahoo, Dorado (Mahi Mahi), Great Barracuda, Snapper, Grouper, Jack Crevalle

May: Blue & White Marlin, Sailfish, Wahoo, Dorado, Barracuda, Snapper, Grouper, Bonefish, Permit, Tarpon, Snook, Jack Crevalle

June: Marlin, Sailfish, Permit, Snook, Tarpon, Trout, Wahoo, Dorado, Barracuda, Snapper, Grouper, Bonefish, Permit, Tarpon, Snook, Jack Crevalle.

July: White & Blue Marlin, Sailfish, Tuna, Wahoo, Dorado, Barracuda, Snapper, Grouper, Bonefish, Permit, Tarpon, Snook, Jack Crevalle.

August: Sailfish, Tuna, Mackerel, Wahoo, Barracuda, Snapper, Grouper, Bonefish, Permit, Tarpon, Snook, Jack Crevalle.

September: Sailfish, Tuna, Yellowtail, Wahoo, Barracuda, King Mackerel, Grouper, Permit, Tarpon, Snook, Jack Crevalle.

October:  Tuna, King Mackerel, Wahoo, Yellowtail, Barracuda, Snapper, Grouper, Tarpon, Jack Crevalle

November: Snook, Grouper, Snapper, Barracuda, Yellowtail, Wahoo, King Mackerel, Tuna

December: Snook, Grouper, Snapper, Barracuda, Yellowtail, Wahoo, King Mackerel, Tuna, Jack Crevalle

TOURISM & OTHER ACTIVITIES

Nauture & Ecotourism

Discover Mexico's jungles, oceans, deserts, mangroves and forests. The diversity of climates, ecosystems, animal and plant life of this country is enormous!

Archaelogical Areas

Mexico preserves the architecture and the old testimony of great cultures. Travel back in time and explore the magic of the impressive pyramids and temples of the archaeological zones throughout the country.

Adventure & Sport

If you don't like the beaches - besides fishing - you can go climbing, diving, surfing, rafting, whale watching ...

Gastronomy

Enjoy the gastronomic delights of Mexico, enjoy the flavors and aromas characteristic of each region.

LEGISLATION / REGULATIONS

If you are fishing from the shore, you will not need a fishing license. However, Mexico has strict fishing regulations for fishing from boats. Essentially, every person aboard a boat that has fishing equipment on board is required to have a license.

According to CONAPESCA, Mexico’s National Aquaculture and Fishing Commission, “Sport fishermen in marine waters will be able to use as many rods and reels as they wish. In inland waters only one rod can be used by fishermen at a time. In both cases, established bag limits should be strictly observed.

A fishing license allows anglers to capture fin fish only. It does not allow the capture of any crustaceans or mollusks, with the exception of squid, and their capture by anyone is strictly prohibited.

To capture bottom fish, up to four hooks on a vertical line may be used.

The use of electric reels is restricted to disabled fishermen only, after written authorization for the Ministry before use.”

You can purchase a daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly fishing license. Fishing licenses are available for purchase via Conapesca.

If you plan on using a fishing charter, most charter boats include fishing licenses in the cost of the charter, but to be sure it is best to ask when booking your trip.

Can tourists fish in Mexico?

Of course, tourists can fish in Mexico, as long as you obtain a fishing license before doing so. The license can be obtained from the National Aquaculture and Fishing Commission (Conapesca) or from local authorized vendors, such as hotels, marinas, and fishing tour operators.

If you are fishing with a licensed fishing charter in Mexico, the charter should have a valid fishing license that covers all the people on the charter. This means that you would not need to obtain an individual fishing license as long as you are fishing under the charter's license. Before you book, check if the charter includes the license in the price or not.

Can I fish on the beach in Mexico?

Sure, if you have a license, fishing on the beach in Mexico is allowed. It's important to check with local authorities to confirm whether it's permitted in the specific location you plan to fish. Some beaches may have restrictions on fishing, especially in protected areas or areas where fishing could be hazardous to swimmers or other beachgoers.

Key takeaways

Avg Capacity: 7 people
Popular fishing techniques: Bottom Fishing, Tuna fishing, Trolling
Average price: $0 per day
Low season price: $250 per day
High season price: $7700 per day
Included: Fishing tackle, Bait & lures, WC on board

Frequently asked questions about fishing in Mexico

According to our customers, some of the most popular fishing charters in Mexico are:
Hewes Redfisher
Maverick
Mahi Dreamer
Chutzpah

Depending on the boat, a fishing charter in Mexico can accommodate up to 15 passangers, although most charters are for 7 people.

Typically in a charter in Mexico, a fishing boat charter will include the use of the boat, Fishing tackle, Bait & lures, WC on board. Some charters may also include Snacks and Drinks, while others may allow you to bring your own.

Renting a fishingboat in Mexico costs on average $160 per hour. Many factors influence the price of a boat charter, such as the duration of the trip (and distance to the fishing grounds), the size of the boat or the fishing technique. Prices can range from $250 for 6 hours and 4 people to $7700 for 8 hours and 10 people.

In Mexico, you can fish:
Yellowfin Tuna
Blue Marlin
Amberjack
Dorado
Wahoo
. Fishing regulations may vary, so make sure to check them before you go to Mexico. We recommend Catch & Release, especially for undersized fish (for example using barbless hooks).

In Mexico, the most popular fishing techniques include Bottom Fishing, Tuna fishing, Trolling, Marlin fishing, Fly fishing, Deep sea fishing.

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