Cancun, Riviera Maya (MX)
Located in the Mexican Province of Quintana Roo, the Riviera Maya is a stretch of Caribbean coastline in the northeastern Yucatán Peninsula. The Riviera Maya isn’t only known for its numerous all-inclusive resorts, long beaches and nightlife in Cancún, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Aventuras and Tulum. The Riviera Maya is also one of the world’s top sport fishing destinations. Thousands of people head to Mexico to go fishing in Riviera Maya: offshore it’s one of the best places for Billfish, tuna, wahoo & Mahi Mahi. Bonefish, Jack Crevalle, Tarpon, Permit, and Snook are the top species when inshore fishing.
The deep-water channel off the Yucatan Coast squeezes the Gulf Stream as it passes by on its journey northward. This "funnel" effect causes an upwelling and an abundance of bait fish and of course their predators.
Big Game fishing in the Riviera Maya
The best offshore sport fishing in Riviera Maya tends to take place from 15-35 miles from shore where the guides target Marlin, sailfish, tuna, wahoo & dorado. This means that longer trips are highly recommended for people whose sights are set on a Billfish. Most Riviera Maya deep sea fishing charters troll with live bait such as Bonito and Blue Runners, although dead Ballyhoos, cut bait, and artificial lures with skirts and teasers are also popular.
Bottom fishing in Riviera Maya
In Riviera Maya bottom fishing is good all year round. Captains prefer bottom fishing during winter time when off shore fishing and flats fishing is rather slow. Natural bait such as squid, shrimp or cut fish is ideal to catch Amberjack, Snapper, Grouper and all kinds of smaller reef fish.
Flats fishing & Fly fishing in Riviera Maya
Anglers who want to try surf fishing should load up with shrimp and squid for the best reaction from the local Snappers and Permit. Bocapaila and Ascension Bay flats, Isla Mujeres and Isla Blanca or the Nichupté Lagoon are hotspots to target all kinds of inshore predators with artificials like Poppers, spinners, stick bait and jigs.
The flats are also ideal fly fishing in Riviera Maya. Fly fishing fans can target tarpon, Jack Crevalle, Permit and Bonefish in these crystal-clear waters.
Also known as Mahi Mahi (Coryphaena hippurus)
The Blue Marlin (Makaira nigricans) is probably the most wanted fish in the sport fishing world. The magnificent fighter usualy feeds during day time on fish, octopuses and squids. Blue Marlin is mainly caught trolling with artificial lures or with dead bait (bonito, mackerel...).
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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.
You can purchase a daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly fishing license through the CONAPESCA’s office in San Diego, California or on-line.
You can find more information on their website, www.sportfishinginmexico.com
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.