Fishing in the Caribbean
Fishing is enjoyed by many the world over. If you live up north where it is cold and frozen much of the year, you fish through the ice. If you live inland, far from the ocean, you fish rivers, lakes and ponds. And if you are fortunate enough to live on the sea, you fish the deep.
Whatever the case, when you find yourself in Playa del Carmen Mexico, fishing these tropical Caribbean waters is a whole new adventure!
Along the Yucatan Channel that runs between Cozumel and Playa del Carmen, the topography of the ocean floor is very unique. This is good news for sport fishing! The shallow white sandy bottom that gives the water its gorgeous aqua color quickly drops off and the water plunges to nearly 3,000 feet deep in the channel.
This type of topography brings monster game fish practically to shore—including sailfish, both blue and white marlin, dorado (aka dolphin fish or mahi-mahi), and wahoo. There have been tales of marlin runs that have reached 500-pounders being caught within a half mile of shore!
The undulating waters of the Caribbean are home to over 500 different species of fish. The second-largest barrier reef in the world—the Meso-American Barrier Reef—runs just along the shores of the Mayan Riviera all the way down through Belize and stretching to Honduras. The reef, along with the swift moving currents that run just off shore, create ideal conditions for trolling and various other styles of deep-water fishing.
The best months for fishing and overall conditions are March, April, May, and June. There are many options for fishing charters to choose from with experienced English-speaking captains and crew. Typically the best charters will take you out of the marina in Puerto Aventuras [south of Playa] or Puerto Morelos [to the north].
No matter where you are from in the world or the style of fishing you are used to, come try your hand at fishing the Caribbean Sea and you just may get Hooked!