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Mazatlan Fishing

Mazatlan Fishing

mazatlan fishing

Mazatlan Fishing

Inshore and offshore Sport fishing is something for which Mazatlan, Mexico is best known worldwide.  It is a popular hobby among the locals and is an exciting sport that draws millions of tourists to the Pearl of the Pacific every year.  If you are interested in making sport fishing part of your Mazatlan vacation, you’ll discover that there are many different tours and packages offered that can provide you with an unforgettable fishing experience along the Sea of Cortes.

Due to its unique location on the Pacific Ocean, Mazatlan is home to some of the most exotic saltwater fish in the world.  In fact, among the nine species of fish that have been approved for sportfishing, seven of these species can be found off Mazatlan’s shores.

What types of fish can you catch in Mazatlan waters? 

There are many fish, but some of the more notable hunted sea creatures include:

  • Marlin (blue, black and Striped)
  • Sailfish
  • Wahoo
  • Swordfish
  • Goldfish
  • Roosterfish
  • Bonito
  • Sea Bass
  • Tripper
  • Jack Crevalle
  • Red Snapper
  • Yellowfin Tuna
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Mahi Mahi (Dorado)
  • Shark
  • Amberjack
  • Mackerel
  • Grouper

Although November to April is considered to be the peak fishing season, fishing is available for tourists to enjoy year-round in Mazatlan.  Essentially, depending on the type of fish you are interested in catching, you’ll discover that there are certain times of the year when they are in season.  For instance, Striped Marlin is in season from November to May, Blue Marlin from June to November, and Swordfish from January to April.  On the other hand, Red Snapper, Bonito, and Yellowfin Tuna are available throughout the year.  Therefore, if you have a preference, it’s a good idea to know what season the prize you’d like to catch is most likely to be caught.

Where are the best places to fish in Mazatlan? 

 There are several spots in Mazatlan located a few miles off the coast that are ideal for deep sea fishing, and you will find a variety of tours offered by various Mazatlan fishing fleets who will educate you and take you to these spots.  Most of these fleets can be found in the new Marina El Cid and Marina Mazatlan, which are located just north of the Golden Zone (Zona Dorada).  Another popular location is the old Marian del Creston in El Faro, which is situated by the lighthouse at the city’s southern tip.

The marinas near the Golden Zone are home to the newest and the largest variety of sportfishing charter boats, the newest fleets, and the most popular original fleets that were once located at Marina del Creston.

The cost for Mazatlan fishing charters will vary depending on a number of factors, such as the length of tour that is being offered, the type of boat (i.e. cruisers or pangas) the number and age of passengers, where you board the boat, and what is included in the tour package (i.e. fishing gear, snacks, drinks, live bait, etc.).  In addition, persons over the age of 16 will require a fishing license in Mazatlan.  Licenses can be purchased from the port office, the marina, your sportfishing charter operator, or may come included in the tour package. 

Usually, most boats depart early in the morning, as the fishing excursion lasts for several hours and is typically an all-day event.  You will find that if you catch a fish you intend to keep, many of the local restaurants will often prepare the fresh fish you have caught when asked.  However, catch-and-release is encouraged by just about every charter operator, while it is mandatory among others.   Therefore, make sure you find out all of the important information and regulations you need to know about sport fishing in Mazatlan, before enjoying this thrilling activity.