Fishing is one of the oldest sports ever. It’s more than just pulling fish out of the water, it’s about learning to have patience and to some extent appreciating nature’s gifts. Plus there’s just that difficult feeling to explain you get once you catch a fish that only you can experience for yourself.
Cozumel is among one of the best places in the world to go on a fishing adventure. It doesn’t matter if you are new to fishing or a pro who decided to take time away from his fishing line. The crystal blue waters of the Caribbean oceans have more than enough fish for all. You also get to enjoy the beautiful scenery as you wait for the fish to take your bait. In short, there won’t be many dull moments. Making it a perfect place for new memories and experiences.
Where to go fishing in Cozumel?
Cozumel happens to be among the few places in the world where there is fish all throughout the year. The place is an island so that pretty much explains a great place to fish. But despite Cozumel being a ‘fish basket’, you just can’t pack your rod and line, take a plane here, and starting pulling fish out of the water.
Try this and you might end up spending the whole day in the sun, without catching any fish. The perfect fishing spot is determined by your personal preferences and the type of fish you would like to catch. This is why we recommend you to search for a reputable fishing charter from one of the tour companies around. These people know the waters very well and can tell you where to go fishing for specific species of fish.
Fish species you can find in Cozumel
Cozumel is crowded with many species of fish. To name a few:
– Red snapper
– Blue and White marlin.
Some of these fish can be found at any time of the year, some, however, are migrants and you’ll have to visit Cozumel at specific times of the year when the water is slightly warmer.
Fishing seasons in Cozumel.
If you’ve got your eyes set on catching a specific fish species read on. The migration of fish is usually determined by the water’s temperatures. Most fish usually migrate to places where the water is warm because it helps them remain active enough to eat and reproduce.
– April to August.
Also known as the Peak season. It’s in these months of the year when Cozumel experiences a large influx of fishing tourists because the water is now warmer and the fish are plenty. If you are interested in deep sea fishing, then we’d advise you to visit us in the month of April. It’s at this time when the billfish and other big boys like Blue marlin, white marlin, and Sailfish are around.
We also have to inform that August can be remarkably hot if you are not used to the Caribbean heat. But you should be able to cope with it if you are used to deep-sea fishing.
– Off-peak fishing.
If you are the kind of person that likes fishing when there are few people to distract you. You’ll be happy to know that there are some fish species that can be found in our waters throughout the year. You’ll still be able to catch the Barracuda, Mahi-Mahi, Tuna, and Wahoo.
Types of fishing in Cozumel.
Most of the tourists who come to Cozumel are usually bonehead fishing enthusiasts. Who blames them. Cozumel has one of the best bonehead fishing lagoons in the world. We’re not only talking about the fish, but also the beautiful scenery anglers get to enjoy as they go out fishing.
There are two main types of fishing you can do:
– Bottom fishing.
– Sport/deep-sea fishing.
1. Bottom fishing.
Most of us are familiar with the good old hook and line fishing or at least seen it in a movie. This method of fishing is usually done close to the shore where you can catch some small fish like the Snapper, Grouper, Barracuda and many others. You can choose to go for the modern hook and line with a spinning gear or you could just use your hand and line to make the tag of war even more interesting.
2. Deep-sea fishing.
Do you think it’s time you finally tried on your big boy pants? Then deep-sea fishing is for you. Deep-sea fishing usually takes place in the open blue ocean, just a short journey from the shore.
We normally troll fishing lines in the water with artificial or natural bait attached to the immersed end. This is your chance if you’ve always dreamd of catching some of the big fish like White marlin, Blue marlin, and Sailfish.
Convinced that Cozumel is a great fishing place where you would like to showcase your skills? Then we would also recommend you to go look after a reputable fishing charter.
You will have to pay for the boat and all of the fishing equipment, however you will also be accompanied by some great fishers, what’s certainly worth it if you’re not staying that many days on the island.
There is also the possibility for you to opt for doing it all by yourself. However we have to warn you, it’s going to be a long and stressful process. Getting a fishing license should be your biggest concern because the authorities are at times reluctant in giving them to tourists.