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Cancun

Located on the north east section of the Yucatan Peninsula Coast, Cancun offers the traveling angler the best of both worlds: endless miles of powdery white-sand beaches bordered by bright blue, crystal clear waters that offer the kind of sunning and swimming that any vacationer dreams of. This is also an area, sports-minded people love for water sports, Mayan ruins, exciting day trips, shopping, night life, and of course, world class sport fishing.

If light-tackle billfishing is to your liking, the Cancun area is a must on your list. During the spring and early summer months these waters provide unsurpassed opportunities. Five or Ten billfish hookups per day are not uncommon.

Offshore Fishing

Anglers will be fishing the famed Controy Ban, 45 miles north of Cozumel. Huge concentrations of sailfish riding the currents past Cozumel, congregate on these banks during April, May, and June. Most of the sails run 30 to 50 pounds, the perfect size for light-tackle gear. Dorado running 15 to 30 pounds filter through these waters like clockwork and are here in heavy numbers in late April, May and early June. White marlin average – about 70 pounds and are also available during these months. Blue marlin, up to 200 pounds, are found in deeper water, closer to the canyon walls. Fly fishers wanting to experience the ultimate in light tackle fishing will appreciate our knowledgeable crews and first class sport fishers.

Light Tackle / Flats Fishing

Located approximately 25 miles north of Cancun lies an unspoiled sportfishing destination known as Isla Blanca, where light tackle and fly fishing enthusiasts can pursue a variety of gamefish species. These protected lagoons and flats are bursting with bonefish, permit, snook, tarpon, cubera snapper, barracuda, and jacks. It’s truly an amazing place! Considered by many as one of the best places in the world to capture a GRAND SLAM, a bonefish, permit, & tarpon landed in one day!

Anglers are met at their hotel by an English speaking guide at 5:30 am. After a quick breakfast, you’ll be transported via auto to the lagoon where your boat will be waiting. The transfer lasts approximately one hour – 25 minutes on a paved road and a 25 minutes on a dirt road. Once you reach the lagoon, you’ll ready your gear for your day of fishing. This is skinny water, sight fishing at its best! You and your guide will discuss what species you want to pursue, most productive method of take, and most prolific fish being caught at the time. Bonefish and permit are taken on the flats, while the tarpon and snook frequent the mangrove lined channels that wind their way through the lagoon.

Most of the fishing is done in crystal clear water, where you see the fish you are casting to. The tarpon are “schooling tarpon” 15 -35 pounds. Bonefish: 3 – 6 pounds. Permit: 5 – 15 pounds. Snook: 5 – 15 pounds. Along with the above mentioned species are speckled trout, snapper, jacks, shark, and loads of barracuda. Both fly fishers and light tackle anglers will enjoy the variety and sheer action this lagoon offers.

Boats are 16′ fiberglass models, Boston Whaler type, with casting platforms, powered by 40hp. Yamaha outboard engines. Guides are experienced, polite and 75% bilingual.


Cozumel

Located about 50 miles south of the famous resort city of Cancun lies the sleepy, little Island of Cozumel. World renowned as a diving, leisure island, Cozumel offers some of the best sport fishing opportunities in the Caribbean. Cozumel is best known for its billfishing season March – June, but also has some wonderful flats and light-tackle fishing for bonefish, tarpon, permit, snook, barracuda and jacks. It’s the bonefish that is most prolific on the surrounding flats of Cozumel, offering classic sight fishing, fly or spin. The bonefish in the Yucatan average 3 pounds, with a big fish tipping the scales at 6 pounds. What they lose in size they make up in fighting ability and sheer numbers. It is not uncommon to schools numbering in the hundreds.

On the north end of Cozumel, about 8 miles from the hotel zone lies two protected lagoons, with vast flats, surrounded by mangroves. These flats called “Monte Cristo” and “Rio de la Plata” are of the classic variety, plenty of skinny water, with high visibility. It would be impossible for an angler to cover one of these lagoons in a single day. Anglers have the choice of wading the flats or fishing from the boat. Boats are Mexican Panga type 18 ‘ – 23’ in length completely rigged with casting platforms. Boats are powered by 40 hp. Yamaha outboard engines. Guides are experienced in fly fishing as well spin fishing and are 75% English speaking.

Anglers cam arrange to be picked-up at their hotel pier if they are staying in a north-end hotel or hotel lobby if staying in a south-end hotel. Guides like to leave at 6:00 am sharp or earlier… Anglers must bring their own equipment, especially fly fishing gear. A limited amount of tackle is available. Tackle and equipment lists are available from Fishing International.


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Trip Rates

2008 Cancun Fishing Program Rates

Full Day Guided Flats Fishing

(8 hours + of fishing) / one or two anglers

$385.00 / day

Full Day Offshore Fishing

41 foot Hatteras:  $940.00 per day

37 foot Pacemaker:  $795.00 per day

29 foot Phoenix:  $600.00 per day

Includes: Approximately 8 hours fishing, box lunch, drinks beer and soft drinks, ice, limited tackle, fishing guide.

Does not Include: Transfers between marina and hotel (availabvle if neceeded), tips, Fishing license.

Note : As a government fishing regulation, all anglers, for both deep sea fishing and flats fishing, must have with them their fishing license. The cost of this license is $10.00 / day / angler and $22.00 / week / angler, and they are good for either deep sea fishing or flats fishing.

2008 Cozumel Fishing Program Rates

Light Tackle / Flats Fishing Program

Full day (8 hours of fishing) / one or two anglers

$385.00 / day

Offshore Fishing Program Rates

29-foot Bertran:  $500.00 per day – Four Max.

30-foot Custom:  $500.00 per day – Four Max.

32-foot Custom:  $600.00 per day – Four Max.

35-foot Tiara:  $650.00 per day – Four Max.

37-foot Wellcraft:  $800.00 per day – Six Max.

37-foot Viking :  $900.00 per day – Six Max.

42-foot Hatteras:  $1,200.00 per day – Six Max.

Includes: Approximately 8 hours fishing, box lunch, drinks beer and soft drinks, ice, limited tackle, fishing guide.

Does not include: Transfers between marina and hotel (availabvle if neceeded), tips, fishing license ($15/day per person).

Note : As a government fishing regulation, all anglers, for both deep sea fishing and flats fishing, must have with them their fishing license. The cost of this license is $10.00 / day / angler and $22.00 / week / angler, and they are good for either deep sea fishing or flats fishing.

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