Deep Sea Fishing in Mexico

Whether you are a novice or a seasoned professional in the fishing industry, there is nothing that quite compares with deep sea fishing in Mexico. The region is known far and wide for being the Mecca of the industry. If you love to fish and have never experienced the thrill of doing so in Mexico it is time to gather your best buddies together and plan a trip. We will help you do it.

Bear in mind the exact species of fish you are looking for, as well as location and accommodation details, depend upon whether you are on the Gulf Coast side or the Pacific Coast side of Mexico. We will discuss the most popular destinations for deep sea fishing in Mexico on each coast.

Mexican Gulf Coast Fishing

The Mexican Gulf Coast runs from the South/South-Eastern part of the United States' aquatic border with Mexico and continues along the Gulf until it reaches the Yucatan Peninsula. You may well find yourself in the Bay of Campeche along the way. Some of the major Mexican nearby hotspots are Cancun, Tampico and Veracruz. You would likely want to seek lodging and accommodations in one of these places.

Some of the species you can expect to find while deep sea fishing in Mexico on its Gulf Coast are mackerel, red fish, trout, flounder, blue fish and whiting. Plenty of shrimp are available as well, if you are so inclined to catch them. If you are completely new to Mexico it would be wise to book spots with one of several local fishing charters.

Deep sea fishing, Gulf of Mexico

© Maureen Didde - Deep sea fishing, Gulf of Mexico

Mexican Pacific Coast Fishing

While there is certainly nothing wrong with fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, if you want a more challenging expedition, the Mexican Baja/Pacific Coast is what you are looking for. As the moniker suggests, this is the part of Mexico that is along the Pacific Ocean.

Of course it is considerably larger than the Gulf and therefore sees more action when it comes to fishing. Some of the notable cities on this coast are LaPaz, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta and Acapulco. It is strongly suggested you book your hotel reservations early if you plan to stay in any of these cities.

This is the coast where the truly challenging fishing takes place. Excitement will abound as you head out to search for tuna, sailfish, marlin and even shark. You are out in the Pacific Ocean, so you never know what you might catch. You and your buddies will definitely enjoy yourselves, that is for sure. There is an extensive array of fishing charter companies available on the Pacific Coast of Mexico as well.

Deep sea fishing, Pacific Coast

© Lisa Andres - Fishing Boat, Pacific Coast

How to Prepare for a Deep Sea Fishing Trip - Legal Details

The first thing we advise you to do is to familiarize yourself with the rules, regulations and laws that pertain to fishing on either coast of Mexico. After you have studied what you may and may not do, be sure to obtain any necessary permits or licenses before you head out on your deep sea adventure. This is more important than you might think.

In addition to the basic rules of fishing in Mexico there are some varieties of fish that you are restricted or that you are not allowed to catch at all. For instance there are specific rules regarding sharks and rays. It is critical that you know about these and any other fish species that could be under strict scrutiny. Following this advice will ensure you have an enjoyable experience while fishing.


Ensenada Harbour

© J. Stephen Conn - Ensenada Harbour


Other Important Preparations for Deep Sea Fishing in Mexico

As we hinted at earlier, no matter which coast you choose to visit in Mexico, book your lodging and accommodations well ahead of time. You are not very likely to forget to reserve your hotel rooms, however you could neglect to book your spot on the fishing charter. This is crucial too! How terrible would it be if you travelled all the way to Mexico and find out there is no more room on the boat? The more famous your desired charter company is, the more chances are good it will be booked solid. Do not miss out! Make all of your reservations as soon as possible.

When you do make all of your trip's reservations, ask lots of questions. You must be certain you know exactly what is included and what is not for each part of the trip. You do not want any unpleasant surprises along the way. In asking questions you will also learn what you need to bring with you and what your host automatically supplies. Remember the old Boy Scouts motto of always being prepared.

Deep sea fishing, Gulf of Mexico

© Donald Ashley - Fishing Boat, Gulf of Mexico

What Should You Bring on Your Fishing Trip?

You can save yourself a ton of money if you bring much of your own food to eat other than the fish you plan on catching.

Remember we just spoke about rules that apply to fishing in Mexico? Do not assume you will be eating whatever fish you catch. There are some species you are allowed to catch but NOT to keep or especially to eat! Unless you want to go hungry for much of the time, bring something to eat that will keep well in outside temperatures.

Also be sure to have plenty of bottled water. As you will be out at sea for long periods, you must have all the water you need with you.

Try to get an idea of what the weather will be like while you are in Mexico and pack your clothing and fishing attire accordingly. Prepare for oodles of sunshine whether or not the forecast predicts it. That means you must have plenty of sunscreen. You do not want to be caught off-guard without this or you could wind up in a world of hurt.

Do Not Forget the Camera

Last but certainly not least, bring a camera or a camcorder (or both) with you. With the regulations that apply to some fish it is possible the only proof you have of your catch will be photos or movies. Of course not everyone in your party needs to have these, just one or two people. You can always make copies of your film when you return home.

Fishing Boat, Mexico

© chrisphoto - Fishing Boat, Mexico

Good Reasons to Go Deep Sea Fishing in Mexico

  • No matter which coast you choose you will have a blast.
  • You will have the opportunity to catch some fish unique to that region.
  • You can observe other forms of nature while on your expedition.
  • You will get to see places you might never visit again.
  • You will have permanent bragging rights with all your friends at home upon your return.

So what are you waiting for? Start making plans to go deep sea fishing in Mexico today. It might be the most memorable experience of your lifetime. Enjoy it!