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Fly Fishing Charters

A man fishing for bonefish in Cancun

Cancun fly fishing  is done in shallow waters, usually around a foot deep. Anglers usually use artificial lures as bait.

The two most popular places for Cancun fly fishing are the Nichupte Lagoon (which separates Cancun Island and the Hotel Zone from downtown Cancun City) and the remote beauty of Isla Blanca (north of Cancun).

Fly Fishing in Nichupte Lagoon

The shallow waters of Nichupte Lagoon offers the most convenient and enjoyable Cancun fly fishing. With a mixture of salt and fresh water, the lagoon plays host to many Bonefish, Tarpon, Permit and Snook as well as Snapper, Barracuda, Lady Fish and Skip Jack Tuna.

Most of the fly fishing charters leave from a marine in the Hotel Zone.

Most charters are 4, 6, or 8 hours with a four hour charter being around $250 and an eight hour charter costing $400.

Usually included in your Cancun fly fishing charter is your guide, equipment, lure and flies, and soft drinks and water. Longer charters may include lunch. Most boats hold 2 anglers.

Fly Fishing in Isla Blanca

Located 25 minutes north of downtown Cancun one will find an angler’s fly fishing paradise.  While Isla Blanca is well known for fly fishing, you would almost never know with its remote scenery and untouched white sands.  Chacmuchuk Lagoon and the Caribbean Sea border this slice of Cancun fly fishing  perfection creating an abundance of large flats, plenty of mangrove shorelines, and small channels.

While found year round, Permit, Tarpon, Snook and Bonefish are best off of Isla Blanca in spring and summer. Tarpon and Snook are good all year.

If you are looking for a remote fishing trip, staying at Isla Blanca might be the way to go. However if Cancun fly fishing is only part of your vacation, many places offer charters.

A fly fishing charter to Isla Blanca is usually 8 hours long and includes hotel pick up and drop off, fishing equipment, lure and flies, soft drinks and water, lunch and an expert guide. These are usually around $400 per boat and usually two anglers can share a boat.

Catching a Grand Slam

A Grand Slam, as defined by the International Game Fish Association (IGFA), is catching any combination of  three from the following species on the same day: bonefish, tarpon, permit, or snook. Fly fishing in Cancun has the perfect location for catching a Grand Slam, or the even harder Super Slam (catching all Four!).

Fly Fishing Tips

  • Be Prepared: Bring Polarized Sun glasses, sun screen, light long sleeved clothing and a hat.
  • If you want to bring your own equipment on your Cancun fly fishing charter,  the best rods to bring are 9ft fast action fly rods in an 8wt. or a 9wt.
    Reels should be made for 7-9wt with a floating line and at least 200 yards of backing.
  • Most Fish are caught and released. However, ask your guide what fish are in open season and edible. Fish can be cut in the Marina and cooked at your villa or hotel.
  • Although it is not required, most of the captains and crew members of Cancun fly fishing charters expect tips. Bring some small bills or pesos. 10-15% is customary.

Cancun Fly Fishing Charter Operators

When dialing the local number from the U.S. or Canada, always dial 011 52 (998) before the number shown.

Operator Telephone
Aqua World
4, 6 & 8 hr. sportfishing charters
Shared charters. All tackle included.
848-8327
Aqua Fun 985-3260
Aqua Tours 983-0400