FISHING IN MERIDA
The Yucatan Peninsula offers magnificent scenarios for the practice of sport fishing, an activity that combines dexterity with meditation, the mastering and the serene enjoyment of nature.
Although Mérida has no shores bathed by the Caribbean Sea, it is very close to a series of good options and alternatives to pick up your reel and enjoy fishing in the waters of the sea.
One of these places is the pier at the Estuary of Celestún, where boats bound for the entrance of the Caribbean weigh anchor to go on fishing excursions. There are abundant species, such as the corvine, grey mullet, bass, horse mackerel and mojarra, in this sector.
It is located roughly 96 kilometres away from Merida.
FISHING IN PLAYA DEL CARMEN
The waters of Playa del Carmen are more than perfect for the practice of sport fishing, due to the abundance and variety of species, especially between April and September, when the weather conditions allow going after the sailfish, the blue marlin, the barracuda and the dolphin fish.
The sport fishing resort of Boca Paila, in the Biosphere Reserve Park of Sian Ka'an, is the best place for the practice of this activity. The bait-and-hook day can be spent in a lagoon of fresh waters or in the immensity of the Caribbean Sea, where rays, bream, shad, bass and bonefish are abundant.
The specimens captured are usually returned to the lagoon or the sea they came from.
FISHING IN PUERTO VALLARTA
The abundant marine fauna in the Bay of Banderas makes of Puerto Vallarta one of the best fishing places in the entire world. Rod professionals from the five continents arrive in here to take part on its famous tournaments.
You can fish in Puerto Vallarta all year long, though it is between June and November that the marlin, the most coveted species, shows up. Everybody goes after the enormous yellow fin tuna from June to January. Another species testing the ability of their catchers-to-be are the dorado or dolphin fish, the wahoo, the sawfish and the red snapper.
There are so many followers of this sport in Puerto Vallarta that it has its own fishing club since 1956, and it was on its third tournament that the heaviest fish ever was captured, a 70 kilos 600 gram beauty. The deed was realised by captain Antonio Moll Gil.
The children can also enjoy this sport and take part on the infants' tournament, on which they learn how to preserve the species, for the animals they capture are returned to the freedom of the sea.