Fishing in Cozumel Mexico
Cozumel , Q.Roo, México - 70km (44 miles) S of Cancún; 19km (12 miles) SE of Playa del Carmen
The island of Cozumel is Mexico’s largest island, and is located 12 miles (19km) off the Caribbean coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, opposite the resort Playa del Carmen. Cozumel measures 28 miles long and 10 miles wide.
Fishing Action for Cozumel, México
Sportfishing in the Cozumel area is primarily done with trolling where we use outriggers and downriggers and we normally have five lines in the water. Since the drop off for deep fishing is so close to the shore, travel times to begin good trolling are almost non-existent.
Depending on the seasons you can expect to catch Sail Fish, Blue and White Marlin (these are catch and release only), Wahoo, Grouper, Snapper, Dorado (dolphin, mahi-mahi) and Barracuda just to name a few.
During the high season (March through July) you can expect to catch Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Sail fish, Dolphin and Tuna. Year round, expect to catch Wahoo, Grouper, Barracuda, Mackerel, Amberjack and Snapper.
There can also be arranged trips for small game fishing, to use spinning reels, in this case we normally target blue, yellow, white and crevalle jacks, needle fish, yellow tail snapper, ocean and queen triggerfish, barracuda, just to mention a few.
Lagoon Fishing can be done on the north side of the island where we normally find bonefish, tarpon, snook, triggerfish and a variety of snapper.
Cozumel Fishing Seasons
E-Excellent, VG-Very Good, G-Good, F-Fair
The town of Cozumel, Mexico
Cozumel has exceptional coral gardens and spectacular reef drop-offs offering legendary snorkeling and the best diving in Mexico, ranking as one of the top five dive destinations in the world. The west coast of the island is where the majority of development has taken place and is where the town of San Miguel is situated. Cozumel is a favourite destination for divers and non-divers alike, offering good beaches, crystal clear water, plenty of sunshine and all the water sports such as diving, deep-sea fishing, snorkeling, kayaking and many more.
The climate is subtropical & the people native to Cozumel are of Mayan descent. The Maya were a great culture of farmers,fisherman and warriors who ruled from Campeche to Guatamala for over 2000 years before the arrival of the Spanish Explorers in the 15th Century. They were quite an advanced civilization, and the legacy of their culture survives in the vestiges of the huge cities that they built during their reign.
It´s ease of access to the mainland also makes day excursions to some of the popular Mayan sites, like Chichén Itzá and Tulum a fun option. One of the lesser known, but very interesting sites is here on the island and is called San Gervasio, now a park with a resoration project to study the Mayan culture, this was once a sacred site where Mayan women journeyed to worship the goddess Ixchel, the goddess of fertility.
Cozumel's mostly undeveloped territory at the center of the island is covered by jungle and swampy lagoons, which are home to tiny mammals and endemic birds that have never left the island. Noteworthy is the Chankanaab National Park, a Cozumel icon, with it´s beautiful salt water lagoon, impressive “Beachcomber” Cave and Cavern with it´s tarpon and curtain of sardines, anchovies and glassy sweepers and the site of the submerged statues of the Virgin Mary and Christ; and the Punta Sur Ecological Reserve, this huge protected area at the southern tip of the island includes Punta Celarain and its historical lighthouse, as well as the Colombia Lagoon, a shelter for many of the island's endemic species, as well as other endangered forms of life, such as marine turtles and their nesting areas. For more information on this Parks please visit www.cozumelparks.org.mx
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