WORLD-CLASS VESSELS AND CAPTAINS
rom Huatulco, we access undoubtedly one of the most marlin-friendly area in the world. Huatulco’s billfish productivity is unbeatable! Thanks to its longliner/drift-net-free waters, black, blue and striped marlin, sailfish and swordfish run in high concentration just few miles off the nine Bays of Huatulco on Mexico’s Pacific Coast. In addition to these Super Grand Slam Billfish species, you can count on a large number of dorado, yellowfin tuna, pacific cubera, amberjack, roosterfish, sierra mackerel, jacks and snook.
Huatulco (pronounced “wah-toolco”) is located 250 miles southeast of Acapulco and about the same distance northwest of Guatemala. Huatulco is not a single city, but a series of nine bays stretching for 22 miles which have been developed for the tourist trade in harmony with the environment and traditional Mexican culture. Due to its completely undeveloped land, Huatulco is the prettiest stretch of Mexico’s Pacific Coast.
The nine bays around Huatulco are noted for beautiful, soft sand beaches. Anglers land sailfish and marlin at the outskirts of the bays and within merely 2 miles of the beach. Situated on the edge of the Gulf of Tehuantepec, and not far from the Middle America Trench, Huatulco is nicely positioned to receive a warm northerly flowing current and this brings with it a bounty of baitfish as well as lots of marlin, sailfish, yellowfin tuna, dolphinfish (mahi mahi, dorado) and other game fish species.
The visible rugged coastline gives the angler an impression of the great fishing structure that is just offshore of the bays. Several proven charter fishing hot spots are within short runs of the marinas. One popular location is 2 miles west of Cacaluta Island, where canyons in the 5,000-foot range peak in some areas to within 800 feet of the surface. Marlin and other pelagics are also found around several seamounts 18 to 30 miles offshore at the edge of the Middle America Trench.
Huatulco Fishing Calendar
Another good close-in spot is Tangolunda Bay, which is just offshore of the main resorts. The banks of this bay have a pronounced drop-off that draws tidal rips close to the mainland. Just southeast of Huatulco in the direction of Guatemala, Rio Copalita and Bahia de Conejos form the confluence of a river and a bay which attracts large blue and black marlin and a good bunch of inshore species such as roosterfish and snook. Well-defined tide lines and color changes can be found each day, which draw schools of bonito, tuna and dorado which, in turns, attract large predators.
Sailfish are present most of the year with peaks occurring April thru mid-September and November-February if the rain season in October-November cooperates with abundant rains. During these peaks months, 15 to 25 sails raised is common.
Black marlin have a very excellent run between November and May and the big girls show up in August. Huatulco’s blacks usually average 450 pound in the high season, while fish around 700 pound are more realistic in August. Blue marlin show up between April and September averaging well over 450 pound. Stripe Marlin can be present in March and April averaging 150 pounds, but are unpredicable. Swordfish are present year round with a peak in activity between April and August.
Yellowfin tuna are abundant between October and June. Dorado are available year round. Cubera grouper, Roosterfish, and snapper prefer the warmest months of April thru August, while Spanish mackerel and Amberjack are plentiful October thru March. World record-size Snook are present between May-June and August-November.
31′ Bertram Bahia Mar – Up to six anglers
$750 per day
“Blue Light Special” is an Exresss 31 Bertram. The boat layout was custom designed with the comfort of the passengers in mind, and exceptional views of the cockpit action. The layout has more seating space than you will find on most 35′ boats. As with all Bertram 31’s the cockpit has lots of fishing space, and is a true fishing machine. The twin diesel power provides a comfortable 22-kt cruise that will get you to the fishing action quickly.
Norseman – Up to six anglers
$950.00 per day
“Man O War” is powered by Cat 3126 engines, allowing for a comforable crusing speed of 18 kts. It offers comfortable seating for passengers and an open aft platform with fighting chair.
All boats are equipped with Penn Formula Ugly Stick rods with Shimano TLD 25’s, 30II, and 50II reels. For the fly fisherman, Cam Sigler 14wt rods with Abel Super 14 reels are offered.
Due to the great numbers of billfish you’ll see in our waters, it is an excellent opportunity to go for sails and marlin on fly rod. These captains and crews are very skilled in the required boat maneuvering and are experienced in teaser techniques. We recommend you bring your own fly fishing tackle.
Boats docked at the Santa Cruz Marina, within just, at most, a 5 minute ride from accomodations in various price ranges.
The Huatulco International Airport is located 12 miles north of the town. Private taxis and vans are available to take you to your lodging, and some of the major hotels have their own van service.
Huatulco, Mexico – March/2004
Huatulco, Mexico – 2000