Cozumel is a great
fishing destination, particularly during the summer
months, when sailfish, marlin, wahoo, mahi mahi,
and tuna make their way into the warm Caribbean
waters. The best part of fishing in Cozumel
is that you can start fishing almost from the time
you leave the marina! No long travel times
to worry about, just fishing. The reefs act
as natural barriers, and the shoreline drops off
to two miles deep within just minutes of leaving
port, so that is naturally where the large game
fish tend to cluster. Cozumel is also famous
for it's bonefish, which populate the northern lagoons.
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Q: I'M ON A CRUISE SHIP. DO YOU PICK
UP AT THE PIER?
A: Only cruise-sponsored excursions are allowed to pick up at
the pier, but our marina is only a few minutes by taxi. Taxis
are readily available at the pier as you arrive, ready to take you
where you want to go.
Q: I'M ON A CRUISE SHIP. WHAT
LENGTH OF TRIP SHOULD I DO?
A: We recommend 6 hour trips for almost all of our cruise
ship passengers. If you're in port for at least 8 hours, then
a 6 hour trip will work for you. You are also free to cut your
trip short at any time if you need to, just because you book 6 hours
doesn't mean you have to be out for the full 6 hours. 8 hour
trips should only be attempted if you're in port for at least 10
Q: WHAT IS THE BEST TIME TO FISH FOR...?
A: In the spring and summer, billfish are out to play.
Sailfish and Marlin, plus Mahi Mahi, Wahoo and Tuna are plentiful
during these months. In the colder months, Red Snapper,
Yellowtail Snapper, Grouper, Amberjack, Barracuda, and Mackerel are
the best bets.
Q: CAN I TAKE MY CATCH HOME WITH ME?
A: Yes, this is still legal. However, with the new increased
security restrictions by Homeland Security, it is such a pain that we
don't recommend it. There is no dry ice or commercial
packing facilities on Cozumel. You'll find it's such a hassle and so expensive
that you will wish you'd made a different decision. Instead we
highly recommend that you let a local restaurant cook up your catch
for you. You can even take your catch to our captain's
restaurant for cooking.
Ask your hotel about using their freezer. If you are on a
cruise ship, you will not be allowed to bring your catch onto
For more information about the customs rules regarding seafood
imports into the U.S., click
here. Make sure also to check the FDA
Alerts List to be sure your fish isn't on there - if it is, you
won't be allowed to bring it in. The packing requirements bring
up another issue - there is no dry ice available on Cozumel, and there
is no commercial storage facility or taxidermy.
If you're bringing frozen fish back with you, you'll
want to contact the U.S. Food and Drug Administration at
(301) 436-1576 if you have any additional questions.
You can also call the Mexico Department of Fisheries with any
questions - they are located in San Diego, California at
Q: DO I NEED A FISHING LICENSE?
A: Yes, but if you take one of our fishing trips, it is
included in the price of the charter.
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