The Mayan Riviera's reputation is prominent in the world of deep-sea fishing, and is known as “the # 1 Sailfish Hot Spot” among many deep-sea fishing enthusiasts...

 

It is the fishing village of Playa del Carmen, the Marina of Puerto Aventuras, Tulum and the peninsula of Yucatan that is often referred to as "the privileged location on the natural Mayan Riviera for sailfish migration". It is in these waters off Yucatan where the big game fish love to lurk. Fresh runs of Blue and White Marlin, Dorado, Sailfish, and Yellowfin Tuna tempt anglers from February through September. View our sports fishing calendar below.

Due to the unique topography, the area is virtually perched on the edge of an underwater valley. The sandy ocean floor plunges dramatically down into deep blue darkness, bringing the hunting ground for monster-sized game fish practically to the shore. Sports fishermen also praise the southern beaches of this area for their abundance of Dorado, Wahoo, Barracuda, Jack Crevalle, Red Snapper, Grouper, Spanish Makarel and other species. Klick to view our gamefish description.

There are tales of the seasonal  Marlin runs that offer up giants as large as a 500 pounds, "once you see that sail jumping out of the water, you're hooked". Our boats can reach prime fishing territory and be running gear in less than 10 minutes. With over 500 species in the waters of the Mayan Riviera, there's fishing for every level, from the curious beginner to the serious professional.

 

Inshore & Offshore Fishing options along the Yucatan coastline

The fishing opportunities of the Mayan Riviera are exceptional with both inshore and offshore fisheries. Trophy  Snapper, Grouper, Spanish Mackerel and Yellowtail Jacks are available throughout the year, inshore. Offshore species boast Atlantic Sailfish, blue and black Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, Dorado and Wahoo that have been caught on the fly rod, in this as of yet undiscovered destination.

The best months for fishing and other activities are March, April., May, and June. For our location, enjoy the thrill of catching sailfish, marlin, or tuna when you visit Playa del Carmen, Puerto Aventuras, Tulum or the Riviera Maya. The experienced captain and crew will take you to all the right spots for an opportunity to hook the "big one."

More details in our gamefish description

 

SPORT FISHING CALENDAR RIVIERA MAYA


Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Sailfish P G VG VG E E VG G G P P P
White Marlin P P VG VG E E G P P P P P
Blue Marlin P P VG VG E E G P P P P P
Dorado or Mahi-Mahi P P P VG E E E E G P P P
Wahoo P G VG VG E E VG G G P P P

P = Poor / G = Good / VG = Very Good / E = Excellent

 

Boat Options

We offer a variety of boat options from pangas to custom ocean cruisers, all with the capability of getting you to the fish quickly and comfortably. More details on our boat sizes and onboard equipment. Pesca Maya Fishing Lodge implements a mandatory 'catch and release' policy on all billfish. We will be happy to photograph your catch: so bring your camera! We can recommend several taxidermists, should you like a replica of your trophy catch. Dorado, Tuna, Wahoo, and a variety of other species are available for retention, but all billfish are released.

 

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Please check our gamefish description

 

Your fishing day: What to bring

Your fishing day begins when you will be picked up from the dock to enjoy the exciting offshore fishing action. Our Captains, who are fluent in English, are very  knowledgeable of the species that you are targeting.

We suggest bringing: tennis shoes, comfortable clothes, sunglasses, baseball-type cap or visor, sunscreen lotion, snacks, cool-cup holder and your favorite cd's… Don't forget your camera, be it video or snap-shot or both! If prone to sea sickness, bring your medicine.

Your fishing day begins usually at 8:00 AM, be at the dock on time!


What your boat provides


- Your Captain speaks English.
- Your Captain has years of experience.
- Soft drinks, ice and water, you can bring beer and or liquor.
- Tackle, bait and fishing license.

Beginners are welcome!!!! Both women and men, instructions are given in the proper technique for fighting deep sea game fish!

 

You don't want to charter the whole boat for yourself? No problem!

Shared fishing available:

US$ 115.00 per person / 4 hours
US$ 230.00 per person / 8 hours

Transportation cost: US$15.00 pp


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one day fishing charters

 

 

DORADO FISHING RIVIERA MAYA


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Recommended Conventional Tackle for Riviera Maya Deep Sea Fishing
May to October

Below are suggestions for appropriate conventional tackle which will be effective in waters during the months of May - October:

Rods: One to two 6-7' 40-60# class trolling rods for the Dorado, Striped Marlin, and Sailfish. Roller guides are not necessary but will make fighting fish easier. A light 10-30# class spinning rod or bait caster for the smaller inshore fish such as Roosterfish, Jack Crevalle, Cabrilla, Giant Needlefish, Triggerfish, and Snapper.

Reels: A Penn 4/0 with either a lever or a star drag spooled with 30-50# monofilament for trolling. A Penn 500 or equivalent reel spooled with 20-40# monofilament for bait casting. A quality spinning reel such as a Penn 650ss spooled with 10-20# monofilament. You shouldn't need more than 300 yards of line spooled onto any one reel. More line is better, but we often get away with about 200 yards.

Lures: Rapalas size CD11-CD14 (Magnums) and up, in green or blue mackerel. Iron spoon type lures such as Krocodiles in chrome, blue/chrome. Yo-Zuri crystal minnow lures in blue mackerel and pink/silver. Kona skirts or "Zuker" type feathers in pink/white, green/yellow, green/white, blue/white.

Terminal Tackle: We typically use Mustad 6/0-7/0 hooks rigged in tandem on 80-120# monofilament (~6" between the hooks) as our live bait leader system. You are welcome to take along your own hooks and leader material if you wish to experiment with other systems.Live Bait: Consists of freshly caught mackerel. These mackerel are typically 8-10" long and weigh 8 oz. to one pound each.

Rod and Reel Carrier: Rods should be transported in a hard case container. You may purchase a quality rod carrier, or make one with PVC pipe.

 

November to April

Below are suggestions for appropriate conventional tackle that will be effective in waters during the months of November - April:

Rods: One to two 6-7' 40-60# class trolling rods or 4.5-5' "Tuna Sticks" for the Yellowtail, and Bonita (Skipjack). Roller guides are not necessary but will make fighting fish easier. A light 10-30# class spinning rod or bait caster for the smaller inshore fish such as Roosterfish, Jack Crevalle, Cabrilla, and Snapper and an ultralight 5-10# spinning rod or bait caster for other inshore fish such as Sierra Mackerel, African Pompano, Triggerfish, Needlefish, and Ladyfish will make these fierce gamefish seem even bigger.

Reels: A Penn 4/0 with either a lever or a star drag spooled with 30-50# monofilament for trolling or jigging. A Penn 500 or equivalent reel spooled with 20-40# monofilament for bait casting and jigging. A quality spinning reel such as a Penn 650ss spooled with 10-20# monofilament will be well suited for your spin-casting rod and your ultralight paired with a complimentary light spinning reel (a bass fishing setup) will work well. You shouldn't need more than 300 yards of line spooled onto any one of your larger reels. More line is better, but we often get away with about 200 yards.

Lures: Rapalas size CD11-CD14 (Magnums) and up, in green or blue mackerel. Iron spoon type lures such as Krocodiles in chrome, blue/chrome. Yo-Zuri crystal minnow lures in blue mackerel and pink/silver (troll these at about 7 knots). Iron jigs (~8 oz.) equipped with treble hooks in various colors- blue/white, and motor oil usually work well.

Terminal Tackle: We typically use Mustad 6/0-7/0 hooks rigged in tandem or singly on 80# monofilament (~6" between the tandem hooks) as our live bait leader system for the larger fish. Lead weights (at least 8 oz. to get beyond the currents) are used to send down the bait for the large deepwater fish. You are welcome to take along your own hooks and leader material if you wish to experiment with other systems.

Live Bait: Consists of freshly caught mackerel or big eye (baby yellowtail). These are typically 6-10" long and weigh 6 oz. to one pound each.

Rod and Reel Carrier: Rods should be transported to Loreto in a hard case container. You may purchase a quality rod carrier, or make one with PVC pipe.