Deep-sea sport fishing (catch and release) in Cozumel offers a chance to chase grouper, snapper, and tuna.
This was the highlight for my son, he wanted to go deep sea fishing and saved up about four months allowance to cover his “half” of the boating trip. Picked Tres Hermanos based on the great reviews on Trip Advisor and on here. Got to the harbor with a taxi ($15 each way) and got a bit lost. The security guard at the port spoke English thankfully and another guy called Oscar and pointed us in the right direction. Didn’t have any details of “which boat” we were supposed to have but Oscar directed us to the Grand Slam and the two guys (who I forget their names, my apologies) who ran the charter.
On the boat, threw the lines, and away we went. For the first 2.5 hours, we had one nibble. A half eaten piece of bait was all we had for the tuna (although we saw plenty of tuna flying through the air…nothing was biting). I know these guys were trying any/everything to get something to hook and we did get a bite on what appeared to be a barracuda at hour 3. Unfortunately the fish threw the hook and while that was exciting, we dreaded that was going to be the highlight of the trip.
Thankfully, about 15 minutes later, we did hook a barracuda and my son got his first salt water fish.
On the way back, we were lucky to drive past a small group of Bottlenose Dolphins which made my wife’s day. Got back to the dock and didn’t have a ton of cash for a tip. Gave the guys a $20 and they pointed us back towards the front entrance to try to hail a taxi. Hint, THIS IS NOT ENTIRELY EASY TO DO….especially is you don’t speak Spanish that well. Thankfully a local flagged down a cab and away we went. $15 back to the boat and goodbye Cozumel.
Provider: Independent Operator
Only 4 people on the boat gave you time in the chair. Captain and mate were very professional, polite and concerned with getting us fish. They moved from 400 ft to 80 ft and we caught 3 large barracudas. A fine day on the water if you can take the motion. They said at least one person each trip gets sick, fortunately none of us did. Great value for the money.
Provider: Princess Cruises
Cozumel Bottom Fishing. We had been to Cozumel before, and decided to try something different that my fishing-loving sons would like. The excursion met at the end of the pier at the duty free shop, and on time, we walked over to the fishing boat and boarded. We were taken about 20 minutes away and throughout the 3.5 hours, we were moved to different locations moving back to the pier whenever they felt fishing was slow. We were offered sodas, water, and chips throughout the trip, and soapy water to clean our hands. The crew also provided cut bait fish, helped untangle lines, bait hooks, help cast, and remove fish from hooks, as needed. Together, the 8 people on the boat caught about 10 fish ranging from 8" to 1.5' long.
Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Rough seas but still caught fish. Boat had no mufflers on diesel engines. Hearing protection should have been supplied since fishing trip lasted for hours. Our ears are still ringing despite stuffing them with cotton.
Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines
One in our party went deep sea fishing. There were five people on the boat (there were three boats with six, six and five people, so everyone had a chance at the fighting chair. Two of the fish were too large to bring on board. Basically, it's a catch and release, so the fish that were brought on board went home with the crew.
Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines