Everyone who has ever been to Mexico can testify that every part of its ocean is bubbling with sports fish. The rod and reel are two commodities that are very common in the coastal parts of Mexico. Towns like Baja SUR, Mazatian, and Puerto Vallarta have been turned into a serious tourism magnet by anglers. U.S. travellers and the Mexican tourism industry have greatly benefitted from these developments. In coastal towns of Mexico, fishing lodges were originally built into resorts and they have been inhabited for years by fishermen. Even the Mexican Caribbean coast which now attracts thousands of fish-enthusiastic tourists was known to be home for fishers, decades ago.
There are over 500 species of fish roaming the coastal waters of Mexico. From the delicious red snapper to the prized black marlin there are various kinds of fishes that populate the Mexican fishing grounds. Most of the top destinations for sport-fishing in the world today are located in Mexico. The place is home for tourists who love sport-fishing and almost every one of the Mexican coastline is filled with fleets of fishing boats.
In other to protect this goldmine and protect some species from going into extinction, Mexico imposes strict licensing laws and limits the number of fish that can be caught and kept. The only species that are off limit are the molluscs and crustaceans. The Mexican laws also allow for unlimited catch-and-releasing fishing, as long as the fish returned to their natural environment are in good survival condition. If you are looking to visit Mexico for sports fishing, we present to you two top destinations where you are guaranteed to have a good time enjoying your sports.
Los Cabos, Baja
One of the Mexico’s largest and most popular fishing destinations is the Los Cabos. The coastal towns of Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo, and La Paz holds down a couple of world records for the number of sports fish present in their waters. The collisions of the Pacific Ocean and sea of Cortes have resulted in a cornucopia of sports fish. It has been claimed that there are over 50,000 marlins and sailfish present in its waters. Over 15,000 are pulled out of the waters each year. So, if you are looking to boost your fishing reputation, this is the right place to come and try.
In the coastal waters of Los Cabos, the month of June to December is the best time to cast your lines for the blue and black marlin. Sailfish are more abundant between the months of April and October. The rest period of the year is characterized by a streak of striped marlin. You can also find other interesting species while you wait for the prized catch. The Dorado, Wahoo, corvine, roosterfish, and the yellowtail abound all year round.
Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco
Another town renowned for deep-sea fishing in Mexico is the Puerto Vallarta, all of the towns 14 most prized species are available in the waters all year round (although they vary in numbers from month to month), so whenever you visit, there is something for you to catch. The city is perched on the bay of Banderas which is Mexico’s largest natural bay. The city of Vallarta is also home to five species of dolphins, sea turtles. Rays and even whales.