Channel your inner Old Man and the Sea

Fishing Marlin in Cancun

In 1951, Ernest Hemingway was inspired by the efforts of a Cuban fisherman to catch a hefty and obstinate marlin. The setting for his novel The Old Man and the Sea is not that different from the waters off the coast of Cancun, Mexico. Teeming with sea life throughout the year, the waters near Cancun, Isla Mujeres, and the Yucatan peninsula offer all kinds of fishing.

“Fisherman from all around the world, from beginners to experts, come to Cancun all year long to live the exciting experience of fishing off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula.”

In Cancun, it’s not hard to find some charter companies that offer deep sea fishing. features 43 fishing charters in the area. When choosing the best charter, consider these factors: price, availability, fishing licenses (required by Mexican law), the size of the boat, years of experience, and options for a group or individuals (shared charter).

Be wary of any company that guarantees you will catch a certain fish. Anyone who’s spent some time with a fishing rod knows that fish can be unpredictable. A fishing calendar can help you identify the most probable times you can catch certain species. The months of May, June, and July are ideal for catching blue marlin, white marlin, bonito, mahi-mahi, sailfish, and amberjack. Snapper is typically found in all the other months of the year. Knowing the fishing seasons can help you in your pursuit of a great catch!

“Many people go on deep sea fishing trips to experience the excitement of fighting a fish caught in the line and skillfully luring in the line and tackling it and being patient until you’ve got the big one. It’s a unique pastime that can throw in surprises anytime which makes it all the more fascinating.”

Some companies like Deep Sea Fishing in Cancun are a one-stop-shop for all your fishing needs. They provide all the fishing gear, bait, safety equipment, fishing licenses, soft drinks and beer you’ll need on the trip. Cancun Fishing offers bottom fishing and fly fishing in addition to their deep sea fishing excursions. Their English-speaking fishing guides know the best places to fish snook, tarpon, bonefish, and barracuda. Their flat-bottom bonefishing boats “can navigate even the shallowest water.”

The sea calls and many heed the call, venturing out to make a big catch. Consider Scottish novelist John Buchan’s words:

“The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope.”

It takes a combination of skill, gear, luck, and experience for a fisherman to catch exactly what he’s after. It’s the stuff of great novels.

Where to Stay

Club Regina Cancun is your gateway to ancient and modern Mexico. The resort is located near the gorgeous beaches, high-end shopping malls, and upscale restaurants of Cancun’s famous Hotel Zone, as well as stunning Mayan ruins and traditional Mexican towns. There are many things to experience in Cancun, and Club Regina Cancun puts you right in the middle of all of it.


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