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Fly Fishing Cancun

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Nichupte Lagoon - 18’ Hell’s Bay

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18 ft 1 - 3 People From $345

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trip description for 25' Panga - Nearshore or Offshore in Cancún

Looking for an action-packed, big game fishing trip in a beautiful vacation hot spot? (Who isn't?) This trip won't let you down! Cancún is a prime spot to capture all of the fish heading into and out of the Gulf of Mexico. With Captain Alberto, you'll be going after some big game fish on this excursion into the stunning Yucatan waters with a drink in hand. On this 4 to 8-hour trip, Captain Alberto will cruise you around the nearshore coast or venture a bit offshore where you'll be targeting exciting fish such as Marlin, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Grouper, Snapper, Jack Crevalle and more. You can go after these fish with various methods, and this boat is equipped to do bottom fishing, heavy tackle, jigging, light tackle and trolling. Whether you want to lounge until a reel starts screaming or hold a rod and feel the bites, Captain Alberto will make sure you get a fish no matter your experience level. You’ll spend the day on board Captain Alberto's 25’ Panga with capacity for 4 anglers. Powered by a 100 HP 4 stroke Suzuki engine, this vessel is equipped with a Stereo System, GPS, and Avet Reels. Coupled with fish finder and Captain Alberto’s expert knowledge of the area, you are sure to be on top of the fish all day long. If you feel like doing some snorkeling, just let Captain Albert know before the trip and he'll make sure the proper equipment is on board. The waters here, especially by Isla Mujeres, are crystal clear and a perfect place to go snorkeling. If spearfishing is more your scene, then that is totally cool too – you are welcome to bring along your own equipment. Let the captain know beforehand and he will take you to the best fisheries for this! Captain Alberto takes all the worry out of planning a fishing charter. He will provide all rods, reels, tackle, live bait, bottled water, sodas, and even a 6-pack of beer. Top of the line gear from Penn, Avet & Shimano will make sure you have the best chance to reel in your trophy fish. All you need to bring is a Cancun fishing license. We recommend also bringing a hat, sunscreen, and polarized sunglasses. After the trip Captain Alberto will even fillet any keepers – all you need to worry about is how to cook your delicious haul! Read More

Deep Sea, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Cancún

25' Panga - Nearshore Or Offshore

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25 ft 1 - 4 People From $330
Fishing in Cancún
Fishing in Cancún
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trip description for Cancun Big Game - 25' Panga in Cancún

Head out with Captain Travis for an exciting day of big game fishing in Mexico! This isn't your typical fishing trip; here you'll be going extra deep into the Yucatan to target some serious big game fish. Captain Travis is a US born guide whose passion for fishing brought him to Cancun, and he fishes hard and with skill to make sure his customers get some bites! On this 4 to 10-hour trip, Captain Travis will cruise you into the nearshore or deep offshore waters where you'll be targeting serious big game fish including Cobia, Cubera Snapper, King Mackerel, Mahi Mahi, Red Grouper, Red Snapper, Sailfish, Snowy Grouper, Swordfish, Tilefish, and Wahoo. You can go after these fish with various methods such as heavy tackle, bottom fishing, trolling, jigging and deep dropping. Just let Captain Travis know what you want to catch and he'll get you set up with the best method and provide some of his expert tips! You’ll be fishing aboard Captain Travis's 25’ Panga with capacity for 4 anglers. Powered by a 60 HP 4 stroke Suzuki engine, this vessel is designed for fishing harder than any large sport fisher and for a fraction of the cost. She's equipped with GPS, Fishfinder, Snorkeling Equipment, a Live Bait Well, Multimedia System, Outriggers, Spearfishing Equipment, and an Ice Box. She also boasts a Lindgren-Pitman S-1200 electric fishing reel with state-of-the-art technology that allows anglers to fish deeper than anyone else (300-1900ft)! Captain Travis will provide all rods, reels, tackle and live bait. All you need to bring is a Cancun fishing license and any food or drinks you might need. We recommend also bringing a hat, sunscreen, and polarized sunglasses. Come aboard with Captain Travis and he won't quit until you've reeled in a fish! Read More

Deep Sea, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Cancún

Cancun Big Game - 25' Panga

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25 ft 1 - 4 People From $365
Fishing in Cancún
Fishing in Cancún
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trip description for 2-Hour 'Cuda Run - 25' Panga in Cancún

Head out with Captain Travis for an exciting day of Barracuda fishing! Cancún is a prime spot to capture all of the fish heading into and out of the Gulf of Mexico, and Barracuda is no exception. Captain Travis is a US born guide whose passion for fishing brought him to Cancun, and he fishes hard and with skill to make sure his customers get some bites! On this quick 2-hour 'Cuda run, Captain Travis will cruise you through the nearshore waters where you'll be targeting distinctive Barracuda by either throwing light tackle lines or doing some trolling. Barracuda are easily spooked but will go after just about anything shiny, so Captain Travis will be sure to set you up with the best method to make sure you land one of these elusive fish! You’ll be fishing aboard Captain Travis's 25’ Panga with capacity for 4 anglers. Powered by a 60 HP 4 stroke Suzuki engine, this vessel is designed for fishing harder than any large sport fisher and for a fraction of the cost. She's equipped with GPS, Fishfinder, Snorkeling Equipment, a Live Bait Well, Multimedia System, Outriggers, Spearfishing Equipment, and an Ice Box. She also boasts a Lindgren-Pitman S-1200 electric fishing reel with state-of-the-art technology that allows anglers to fish deeper than anyone else (300-1900ft)! Captain Travis will provide all rods, reels, tackle and live bait. All you need to bring is a Cancun fishing license and any food or drinks you might need. We recommend also bringing a hat, sunscreen, and polarized sunglasses. Come aboard with Captain Travis and he won't quit until you've reeled in a fish! Read More

Inshore Fishing Charter in Cancún

2-Hour 'Cuda Run - 25' Panga

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25 ft 1 - 4 People From $165
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trip description for Fly Fishing Cancun in Cancún

If you're looking to get serious about fly fishing in Cancun, Captain Orlando is your man. On this 8-hour trip, Captain Orlando will motor between spots from Cancún's lagoons and canals out to remote flats 30mi down the coast if that's where the fish are! Cancun is known for its Juvenille Tarpon. These acrobatic fish pack a huge punch and are incredibly fun to catch on a fly rod. All the fishing is sight fishing, mainly with a fly, but Captain Orlando always keeps a spinning rod on deck as well. Captain Orlando will instruct you how to cast past the fish and strip the line past the front of its nose, presenting a tiny morsel the fish can't refuse! While Captain Orlando is happy to accommodate anglers of all skill levels, we recommend getting some practice in with your cast in the days and weeks leading up to your trip so you can make the most out of your adventure. Sight-casting for these elusive fish requires a bit of accuracy, and anglers who are already comfortable casting will make the most out of this trip! You’ll spend the day onboard Captain Orlando's maneuverable skiff boat that will have no problem navigating the shallow flats and inshore waters. Captain Orlando takes care of everything for your fishing charter. He will provide all fly and light tackle rods and reels, a cooler with 6 liters of purified water, 4 soft drinks, and 4 sandwiches to keep you energized on the water. All you need to bring is a Cancun fishing license. We recommend also bringing a hat, sunscreen, and polarized sunglasses. After the trip Captain Alberto will even fillet any keepers – all you need to worry about is how to cook your delicious haul! Read More

Flats, Inshore Fishing Charter in Cancún

Fly Fishing Cancun

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23 ft 1 - 2 People From $350
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trip description for Nichupte Lagoon - 18’ Hell’s Bay in Cancún

The Nichupte lagoon in Cancun, Mexico, is one of the best locations in the world for inshore fishing for Snook, Bonefish, and Tarpon! On this charter fishing trip, you'll be accompanied by Captain Travis, an experienced and knowledgeable angler who knows the waters of the Nichupte lagoon like the back of his hand. He will be taking you out on his 18' Hells Bay Skiff, a state-of-the-art fishing boat that is ideal for navigating the lagoon's shallow waters. Your trip will begin with an early morning meet-up with Captain Travis at the Marina, where he'll give you a quick rundown of what to expect during the trip. You'll then head out to the lagoon, which is located just minutes away from Cancun's hotel zone. The Nichupte lagoon is an expansive waterway that stretches for over 7,000 acres and is home to an abundance of Snook, Bonefish, Tarpon, Mangrove Snapper, and more! As you make your way through the lagoon's intricate network of channels, Captain Travis will be keeping an eye out for signs of fish activity, such as feeding birds or breaking water. When he spots a likely spot, he'll guide the boat into position, and you'll have the opportunity to cast your line and try your luck. One of the primary targets for this charter fishing trip is the Snook, a popular game fish that is prized for its fighting spirit and delicious fillets. The Nichupte lagoon is home to some of the biggest Snook in the world, with fish weighing over 30 pounds not uncommon. The best time to catch Snook in the lagoon is during the summer months, when the water warms up! Whatever species you want to target, let Travis know and he can put you on 'em! No matter what you're fishing for, you're sure to have a blast in this beautiful location. Get out there and get after it! Read More

Flats, Inshore Fishing Charter in Cancún

Nichupte Lagoon - 18’ Hell’s Bay

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18 ft 1 - 3 People From $345
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trip description for Cancun Inshore Trip - 25' Argos in Cancún

Cancun, Mexico, is one of the best locations in the world for inshore fishing, whether you're going after Mangrove Snappers, Kingfish, Barracuda, or other species, there's always a ton of action! On this charter fishing trip, you'll be accompanied by Captain Travis, an experienced and knowledgeable angler who knows the waters off the coast of Cancun like the back of his hand. He will be taking you out on his 25' Argos center console, a state-of-the-art vessel and certified fish-slayer that is ideal for inshore and close nearshore trips. Your trip will begin with an early morning meet-up with Captain Travis at the marina, where he'll give you a quick rundown of what to expect during the trip. Then you'll head to the boat and get to it! After motoring out to the fishing grounds, you'll start casting out for your target species. One of the primary targets for this charter fishing trip is Barracuda, a popular game fish that is prized for its fighting spirit and toothy look. 'Cuda are common all over the Gulf Coast of Mexico, and can be caught on a variety of bait and lures. As an ambush predator, these fish hit hard, so be ready! You'll also be able to catch Mackerel, certain kinds of Snappers, Groupers, Triggerfish, and more! Whatever species you want to target, let Travis know and he can put you on 'em! No matter what you're fishing for, you're sure to have a blast in this beautiful location. Get out there and get after it! Read More

Inshore Fishing Charter in Cancún

Cancun Inshore Trip - 25' Argos

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25 ft 1 - 4 People From $350
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trip description for Cancun Nearshore Run - 30' Imemsa in Cancún

Cancun, Mexico, is one of the best locations in the world for offshore fishing, whether you're going after Mutton Snappers, Kingfish, Barracuda, Grouper, or even Mahi Mahi! On this charter fishing trip, you'll be accompanied by Captain Travis, an experienced and knowledgeable angler who knows the waters off the coast of Cancun like the back of his hand. He will be taking you out on his 30' Imemsa center console, a state-of-the-art vessel and certified fish-slayer that is ideal for close nearshore trips. Your trip will begin with an early morning meet-up with Captain Travis at the marina, where he'll give you a quick rundown of what to expect during the trip. Then you'll head to the boat and get to it! After motoring out to the fishing grounds, you'll start casting out for your target species. One of the primary targets for this charter fishing trip is Mahi Mahi, a popular game fish that is prized for its fighting spirit and brilliant colors. Mahi, or "dolphin" are common all over the Gulf of Mexico, and can be caught on a variety of bait and lures. As an pelagic predator, these fish hit hard, so be ready! You'll also be able to catch Kingfish, certain kinds of Snappers, Groupers, Amberjack and more! Whatever species you want to target, let Travis know and he can put you on 'em! No matter what you're fishing for, you're sure to have a blast in this beautiful location. Get out there and get after it! Read More

Nearshore Fishing Charter in Cancún

Cancun Nearshore Run - 30' Imemsa

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30 ft 1 - 6 People From $600
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trip description for Cancun Offshore - 31’ Bertram in Cancún

Cancun, Mexico, is one of the best locations in the world for offshore fishing, whether you're going after Mutton Snappers, Kingfish, Barracuda, Grouper, Tuna, or even Mahi Mahi! On this charter fishing trip, you'll be accompanied by Captain Mosco, an experienced and knowledgeable angler who knows the waters off the coast of Cancun like the back of his hand. He will be taking you out on his 31' Bertram sportfisher, a luxurious fishing vessel that's equipped with every possible amenity for the trip of a lifetime! Your trip will begin with an early morning meet-up with Captain Mosco at the marina, where he'll give you a quick rundown of what to expect during the trip. Then you'll head to the boat and get to it! After motoring out to the fishing grounds, you'll start casting out for your target species. One of the primary targets for this charter fishing trip is Mahi Mahi, a popular game fish that is prized for its fighting spirit and brilliant colors. Mahi, or "dolphin" are common all over the Gulf of Mexico, and can be caught on a variety of bait and lures. As an pelagic predator, these fish hit hard, so be ready! You'll also be able to catch Kingfish, Blackfin Tuna, certain kinds of Snappers, Groupers, Amberjack and more! Whatever species you want to target, let Travis know and he can put you on 'em! No matter what you're fishing for, you're sure to have a blast in this beautiful location. Get out there and get after it! Read More

Deep Sea, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Cancún

Cancun Offshore - 31’ Bertram

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31 ft 1 - 6 People From $700
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trip description for Cancun Offshore - 32’ Rampage in Cancún

Cancun, Mexico, is one of the best locations in the world for offshore fishing, whether you're going after Mutton Snappers, Kingfish, Barracuda, Grouper, Tuna, or even Mahi Mahi! On this charter fishing trip, you'll be accompanied by Captain Felipe, an experienced and knowledgeable angler who knows the waters off the coast of Cancun like the back of his hand. He will be taking you out on his 32' Rampage sportfisher, a luxurious fishing vessel that's equipped with every possible amenity for the trip of a lifetime! Your trip will begin with an early morning meet-up with Captain Felipe at the marina, where he'll give you a quick rundown of what to expect during the trip. Then you'll head to the boat and get to it! After motoring out to the fishing grounds, you'll start casting out for your target species. One of the primary targets for this charter fishing trip are Sailfish, an electrifying game fish that is prized for its fighting spirit and incredible "sail". Sailfish are migratory pelagic predators, and are no joke! These fish hit hard, so be ready! You'll also be able to catch Kingfish, Blackfin Tuna, certain kinds of Snappers, Groupers, Mahi Mahi, and more! Whatever species you want to target, let Felipe know and he can put you on 'em! No matter what you're fishing for, you're sure to have a blast in this beautiful location. Get out there and get after it! Read More

Deep Sea, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Cancún

Cancun Offshore - 32’ Rampage

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32 ft 1 - 8 People From $850
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trip description for Cancun Offshore - 38’ Chriscraft in Cancún

Cancun, Mexico, is one of the best locations in the world for offshore fishing, whether you're going after Sailfish, Kingfish, Barracuda, Grouper, Tuna, or even Mahi Mahi! On this charter fishing trip, you'll be accompanied by Captain Felipe, an experienced and knowledgeable angler who knows the waters off the coast of Cancun like the back of his hand. He will be taking you out on his 38' Chriscraft sportfisher, a luxurious fishing vessel that's equipped with every possible amenity for the trip of a lifetime! Your trip will begin with an early morning meet-up with Captain Felipe at the marina, where he'll give you a quick rundown of what to expect during the trip. Then you'll head to the boat and get to it! After motoring out to the fishing grounds, you'll start casting out for your target species. One of the primary targets for this charter fishing trip are Sailfish, an electrifying game fish that is prized for its fighting spirit and incredible "sail". Sailfish are migratory pelagic predators, and are no joke! These fish hit hard, so be ready! You'll also be able to catch Kingfish, Blackfin Tuna, certain kinds of Snappers, Groupers, Mahi Mahi, and more! Whatever species you want to target, let Felipe know and he can put you on 'em! No matter what you're fishing for, you're sure to have a blast in this beautiful location. Get out there and get after it! Read More

Deep Sea, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Cancún

Cancun Offshore - 38’ Chriscraft

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38 ft 1 - 10 People From $850
Fishing in Cancún
Fishing in Cancún
Fishing in Cancún
trip description for Cancun Offshore - 40’ Bertram in Cancún

Cancun, Mexico, is one of the best locations in the world for offshore fishing, whether you're going after Sailfish, Kingfish, Barracuda, Grouper, Tuna, or even Mahi Mahi! On this charter fishing trip, you'll be accompanied by Captain Travis or one of his team, who will be an experienced and knowledgeable angler who knows the waters off the coast of Cancun like the back of his hand. He will be taking you out on his 40' Bertram sportfisher, a luxurious fishing vessel that's equipped with every possible amenity for the trip of a lifetime! Your trip will begin with an early morning meet-up with your captain at the marina, where he'll give you a quick rundown of what to expect during the trip. Then you'll head to the boat and get to it! After motoring out to the fishing grounds, you'll start casting out for your target species. One of the primary targets for this charter fishing trip are Sailfish, an electrifying game fish that is prized for its fighting spirit and incredible "sail". Sailfish are migratory pelagic predators, and are no joke! These fish hit hard, so be ready! You'll also be able to catch Kingfish, Blackfin Tuna, certain kinds of Snappers, Groupers, Mahi Mahi, and more! These fish have something for everyone, whether you're looking for great fish-fighting, trophy catches, or great eating. Whatever species you want to target, let your captain know and he can put you on 'em! No matter what you're fishing for, you're sure to have a blast in this beautiful location. Get out there and get after it! Read More

Deep Sea, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Cancún

Cancun Offshore - 40’ Bertram

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40 ft 1 - 10 People From $970
Fishing in Cancún
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trip description for Cancun Offshore - 42’ Luhrs in Cancún

Cancun, Mexico, is one of the best locations in the world for offshore fishing, whether you're going after Sailfish, Kingfish, Barracuda, Grouper, Tuna, or even Mahi Mahi! On this charter fishing trip, you'll be accompanied by Captain Travis or one of his team, who will be an experienced and knowledgeable angler who knows the waters off the coast of Cancun like the back of his hand. He will be taking you out on his 42' Luhrs sportfisher, a luxurious fishing vessel that's equipped with every possible amenity for the trip of a lifetime! Your trip will begin with an early morning meet-up with your captain at the marina, where he'll give you a quick rundown of what to expect during the trip. Then you'll head to the boat and get to it! After motoring out to the fishing grounds, you'll start casting out for your target species. One of the primary targets for this charter fishing trip are Sailfish, an electrifying game fish that is prized for its fighting spirit and incredible "sail". Sailfish are migratory pelagic predators, and are no joke! These fish hit hard, so be ready! You'll also be able to catch Kingfish, Blackfin Tuna, certain kinds of Snappers, Groupers, Mahi Mahi, and more! These fish have something for everyone, whether you're looking for great fish-fighting, trophy catches, or great eating. Whatever species you want to target, let your captain know and he can put you on 'em! No matter what you're fishing for, you're sure to have a blast in this beautiful location. Get out there and get after it! Read More

Deep Sea, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Cancún

Cancun Offshore - 42’ Luhrs

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42 ft 1 - 10 People From $1,000

Everything to Know About Booking a Cancún tarpon fishing charter

What are the best tarpon fishing charters in Cancún?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 2 tarpon trips in Cancún, and the most popular trips in the area are Fly Fishing Cancun guided by Orlando and Nichupte Lagoon - 18’ Hell’s Bay guided by Travis.

Our guides in Cancún are rated a 5 out of 5 based on 2711 verified reviews on Captain Experiences.

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Looking for kid friendly tarpon guides / fishing lessons in Cancún? Check out our beginner and family friendly tarpon guides in Cancún.

What types of tarpon fishing charters are common in Cancún?

Inshore fishing is the most popular for tarpon in Cancún as well as flats fishing.

The most common fishing techniques in Cancún are fly fishing and light tackle fishing.

How much do Cancún tarpon fishing charters cost?

for tarpon in Cancún prices can range anywhere from about $349 to $497, but the average price for a half day trip for tarpon in Cancún is $363. The average price for a full day trip for tarpon in Cancún is $460.

What month is best for tarpon fishing in Cancún?

The most popular season for tarpon fishing in Cancún is spring, and most anglers book their trips 27 days in advance.

Do I need a Cancún fishing license for tarpon and what are the bag limits for tarpon in Cancún?

See here for more information on fishing licenses in Cancún, bag limits for target species, and fishing season regulations in Cancún. When in doubt, your fishing guide will always know the right rules and regulations in Cancún.

What is tarpon fishing in Cancún all about?

Tarpon fishing in Cancún offers anglers an exciting opportunity to target one of the most prized gamefish in the region's waters. The expansive flats, mangrove-lined estuaries, and deep channels surrounding Cancún provide prime habitat for these majestic silver kings. Tarpon, known for their acrobatic leaps and powerful runs, can be found year-round in Cancún, with peak seasons typically occurring from April to September. Anglers visiting Cancún during these months have the best chance of encountering tarpon in abundance, with the opportunity to hook into specimens weighing upwards of 100 pounds or more.

One popular technique for tarpon fishing in Cancún is sight casting on the flats and along mangrove shorelines. Anglers pole or drift silently through shallow waters, scanning for the distinctive silhouette of tarpon cruising beneath the surface. When a tarpon is spotted, precise casts with artificial lures or live bait are made to entice the fish into striking. The explosive surface strikes and aerial displays that follow are the epitome of tarpon fishing excitement, making this method a favorite among enthusiasts seeking an adrenaline-fueled angling experience.

In addition to sight casting, anglers in Cancún also have success targeting tarpon in deeper channels and around bridge pilings. Live bait such as mullet, pilchards, or crabs is often used to entice tarpon lurking in these areas. Drifting or anchoring near structure, fishermen present their baits at varying depths to intercept passing tarpon. The challenge of hooking into a powerful tarpon amidst the strong currents and structure adds an extra dimension of excitement to the angling experience in Cancún. With its stunning coastal scenery and world-class tarpon fishing opportunities, Cancún remains a premier destination for tarpon enthusiasts from around the globe.

What are the most popular months to fish for tarpon in Cancún?

Tarpon seasons in Cancún provide anglers with distinct opportunities to pursue these iconic gamefish throughout the year. While tarpon can be found in the waters of Cancún year-round, certain times stand out as particularly fruitful for anglers seeking encounters with these powerful silver kings. The primary tarpon seasons in Cancún typically coincide with the warmer months, with peak activity occurring from April to September. During this time, tarpon migrate through the Caribbean, passing along the coastline of Cancún in search of prey and spawning grounds.

Spring marks the beginning of the tarpon season in Cancún, with fish beginning to migrate northward along the coast. As water temperatures rise and baitfish become more abundant, tarpon become increasingly active in the region's shallow flats, estuaries, and channels. Anglers visiting Cancún during the spring months have the best chance of encountering tarpon in abundance, with the opportunity to hook into specimens ranging from juvenile tarpon to trophy-sized adults weighing upwards of 100 pounds or more.

Summer brings another surge in tarpon activity in Cancún, particularly as warm ocean currents fuel the annual migration of these fish. From June to August, tarpon can be found in prolific numbers along the coastal flats, mangrove-lined estuaries, and deep channels surrounding Cancún. Anglers targeting tarpon during the summer months often experience thrilling surface strikes and aerial displays, making this period ideal for anglers seeking adrenaline-pumping tarpon action. With favorable weather conditions and the promise of memorable encounters with these majestic gamefish, summer in Cancún beckons anglers eager for unforgettable fishing adventures amidst the stunning backdrop of the Caribbean coast.

What techniques are popular for catching tarpon in Cancún?

Tarpon fishing in Cancún offers anglers a variety of effective techniques to target these powerful and acrobatic gamefish in the warm waters of the Caribbean. One popular method among anglers is sight casting on the shallow flats and along mangrove shorelines. Anglers pole or drift quietly through shallow waters, scanning for the distinctive silhouette of tarpon cruising beneath the surface. When a tarpon is spotted, precise casts with artificial lures or live bait are made to entice the fish into striking. The explosive surface strikes and aerial displays that follow are the epitome of tarpon fishing excitement, making sight casting a favorite among enthusiasts seeking an adrenaline-fueled angling experience.

Another productive technique for tarpon fishing in Cancún is targeting them in deeper channels and around bridge pilings. Anglers often use live bait such as mullet, pilchards, or crabs to entice tarpon lurking in these areas. Drifting or anchoring near structure, fishermen present their baits at varying depths to intercept passing tarpon. This method requires patience and skill, as anglers must navigate the strong currents and maneuver their baits around potential obstructions to entice tarpon into striking. The challenge of hooking into a powerful tarpon amidst the underwater obstacles adds an extra dimension of excitement to the angling experience in Cancún.

In addition to sight casting and targeting tarpon around structure, anglers in Cancún also have success with trolling and drift fishing techniques. Trolling with artificial lures or rigged baits along channels and current lines can attract the attention of tarpon cruising in deeper waters. Meanwhile, drift fishing with live bait or cut bait allows anglers to cover large areas and intercept tarpon as they move with the tides. Whether sight casting, targeting structure, or trolling and drift fishing, tarpon fishing in Cancún offers anglers a thrilling and rewarding angling experience amidst the stunning coastal landscapes of the Caribbean.

What other species are popular in Cancún?

Aside from tarpon, Cancún offers anglers a diverse range of other species to target, ensuring an exciting and varied fishing experience. One notable catch is the magnificent snook, prized for its strength and agility. Found in the mangrove-lined estuaries, shallow flats, and along the coastlines of Cancún, snook provide anglers with thrilling battles and the chance to land specimens weighing upwards of 30 pounds or more. Anglers often target snook using a variety of techniques, including live bait fishing, lure casting, and fly fishing, making them a versatile and sought-after species among fishermen in Cancún.

Another prized gamefish found in the waters of Cancún is the formidable barracuda. Known for their aggressive strikes and lightning-fast runs, barracuda inhabit the reefs, channels, and drop-offs surrounding Cancún. Anglers often target barracuda by trolling with flashy lures or rigged baits, enticing these voracious predators into striking. With their sharp teeth and powerful jaws, barracuda provide anglers with thrilling battles and adrenaline-pumping action, making them a popular target for fishermen seeking excitement on the water.

In addition to snook and barracuda, anglers in Cancún can also target a variety of other species, including bonefish, permit, jack crevalle, and tarpon, among others. Whether fly fishing in the shallow flats, trolling offshore reefs, or bottom fishing around wrecks and structure, there are abundant opportunities to encounter a diverse range of fish species in the waters of Cancún. With its warm, nutrient-rich currents and thriving marine ecosystems, Cancún remains a premier destination for anglers seeking thrilling adventures and memorable catches amidst the stunning backdrop of the Caribbean coast.

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  • ★★★★★
    I’ve always wanted to catch a tarpon on the fly. It’s been on my bucket list for years, so when we planned our trip to Cancun, I look for an opportunity after booking the trip I was obviously excited to get the chance to fill one of the things on my bucket list, however, when I didn’t plan on, was getting very sick, just a few hours before Orlando, my guide was picking me up. As bad as I felt, I went and waited in the lobby for him to arrive. He had to go through a lot of trouble to get through security, but when I met him, he was all smiles. As we rode through the city to his boat I didn’t say a word, because I felt so ill, and after loading the boat and headed out under the water, it was only a matter of moments before he put me on fish, in my weakened state, I could barely throw the fly. However, he kept pointing out fish after fish, and after a few times resting, I finally filled that bucket list. Orlando was so patient with me and very generous. Not only was he an excellent guide he was a very, very good guy. I hope one day I can go back and fish with him again when I feel better Orlando worked very hard to get me on fish , and if I felt better, I’m sure I would’ve caught several more. We did catch more than that one but because I was so sick I laid in the bottom of the boat mostly. It wouldn’t have mattered if we didn’t catch fish I think I would’ve enjoyed spending the time on the water with Orlando. he genuinely wants you to catch fish. In my second state, he couldn’t tell how excited I was but I could sure tell how excited he was. Thanks again Orlando!! Tight lines!!!

    Matthew O. with Orlando M. of Cancún, Quintana Roo

  • ★★★★★
    I highly recommend Orlando. The communication before the trip was great and he went the extra miles (literally) to pick me and drop me off at my hotel so I didn't have to mess around with early morning taxi or Uber. Fishing was tough but we got some baby tarpon on fly and when conditions weren't suitable for fly rod we switches to spinning rod and caught more. Also got to see some remote backwater and the resident crocodiles. Made you think twice before putting hand in water to retrieve a snagged fly!

    Simon S. with Orlando M. of Cancún, Quintana Roo

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