Due to the vast expanse of the Mexican coastline and the many inland lakes and rivers in Mexico, fishing is one tourist activity which can be performed all over the country. Whether offshore or in some dam in central Mexico, sports and recreational fishing are increasingly practiced, both by tourists as well as by locals.

The wide variety of fish inhabiting the more than 6,213 miles of Mexican coastline are distributed into 75 species in the coasts, lakes, rivers and dams. You don’t need to bring much to go fishing in Mexico, a fishing rod, a few feet of fishing line and a hook are more than enough. Fishermen on land do not need any kind of special permit or license, however, due to indiscriminate fishing, the capture of the totoaba fish, the grouper, crustacean and molluskan shellfish is not allowed.

If you want fish from a boat you will have to obtain a special permit, in the understanding that all your catch shall be for your own consumption, donation or taxidermy, according to the laws on this subject. On the other hand, if you want to practice underwater fishing, the law allows you to catch up to five specimens of any marine or freshwater species.

In Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, fishing marlin, sailfish, dorado fish and swordfish is very popular. There are sports fishing tournaments where specimens weighing up to 330 lbs and 6 feet long can be caught.  Sports fishing in Mexico is only for entertainment and fishermen are only allowed to catch a marlin, sailfish, swordfish and roosterfish, tarpon, tuna, dorado fish or shark. This regulation does not apply during the closed season or in nature reserve areas.

Things to do

Sun, Sea and Adrenaline!

Riviera Nayarit

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Bucerias is a charming town where Mexican Style meets with the golden sand of the Pacific Ocean. The coastal village of Bucerias (population 6,500) is located about 5 km up the coast from Nuevo Vallarta. The main draw is the town’s sandy beach, lined with seafood restaurants, simple beach clubs/bars, and homes owned by the area’s transplanted Americans and Canadians. At the Nayarit Rivera beaches, kissed by the Ocean Pacific waters, visitors can enjoy water activities, such as surfing, fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling, jet skiing or swimming. If you do not want water activities, then relaxing under the shade of a palm shelter (while enjoying a refreshing drink) is also an excellent option.

Fishing in Campeche


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The Petenes Ecological Reserve is part of a coastal wetland corridor. Red, white and black mangroves create an ecosystem of great value due to its flora and fauna diversity. Here, visitors will find trees such as chechenes, mahogany, figs, chit palms and at least 400 plant species, many of them endemic. From its variety of fauna stand out the pink flamingos, pelicans, river crocodiles, caimans, herons, white ibis, white winged ducks, Yucatan parrots, storks, sparrowhawks, howler monkeys, anteaters, four-eyed opossums and manatees. This is one of the best places for fishing, due to the richness of species that you will be able to find.

Gone Fishing in Ixtapa

Ixtapa Zihuatanejo

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Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo offer year-round angling adventures. Every season is fishing season in Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo, both offshore and inshore. Almost year-round you can bag soaring sailfish averaging 75 to 100 pounds. May through January brings blue and black marlin. November through January is the season for dorado (mahi-mahi). From November through June yellow-knife tuna, some weighing up to 300 pounds, will test your patience and skill. Fishing close to shore, on the lagoons and just off the beach, pulls in roosterfish, feisty grouper, chula, wahoo, barracuda, bonito and Spanish mackerel.

Manzanillo: The Sailfish Capital of the World


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Try your hand at deep sea sport fishing in the waters off the shore of Manzanillo. The coastal resort destination of Manzanillo is located on Mexico’s central Pacific Coast overlooking the twin bays of Manzanillo and Santiago. Active travelers and sports enthusiasts visiting this region of Mexico can take part in a variety of Manzanillo activities and outdoor adventure sports. One of the most popular Manzanillo activities is sport fishing, and the town attracts thousands of sport fishermen to its shores each year. The waters just off the coast of Manzanillo are teeming with marine life and sailfish and marlin are plentiful year-round, though you’ll have the best chance of catching sailfish if you arrive during the sailfish season that runs from November to March

Marlin Alley

Los Cabos

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Experience the thrill of the chase by reeling in a big one in Los Cabos. Long before the luxurious hotels, championship golf courses and world-class spas, the waters of Los Cabos were brimming with an abundance of marine life. Hollywood stars, such as Bing Crosby and John Wayne, lured by the legendary sport fishing initially put Cabos on the tourist map back in the 1950s. Ranked among the top five fishing destinations on the planet, Los Cabos holds the title as the “Marlin Capital of the World.” The destination’s azure waters entice black, blue and striped marlin that weigh in as big as 1,000 pounds. Marlin is the number one fish in Los Cabos because it is present throughout the year, with peak months being May, June, December and January

Ships Ahoy!

La Paz

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Set Sail in the Sea of Cortes. Several companies operating from three marinas in La Paz offer cruises of the crystal blue waters of the Sea of Cortes and its two desert coasts. This unsurpassed experience will put you in touch with Mexico’s most amazing landscapes where the ocher-colored desert meets the ocean’s deep blue.La Paz Marina has space for 80 boats ranging from 30 to 70 feet; Don Jose Marina can accommodate 40 boats; Cantamar Marina, located at Pichilingue Bay, has a pier for 35 boats up to 83 feet.





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