Cozumel, an island located east of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, is not only known for its large reef system, but also for its abundant sea life perfect for fishing trips.
Although it has an excellent marina surrounding the island, perfect for deep-sea fishing of huge billfish, the island also houses flats and lagoons that will make a fly-fishing enthusiast giddy with excitement.
Flat fishing in Cozumel is quite popular that many touring companies have set up day tours, ranging from four to eight hours of flats fishing; this has been a very lucrative business for them because anglers can visit the island all year round, as the fish in the Cozumel flats don’t migrate.
In the northern part of Cozumel are three lagoons that are the home of bountiful types of fishes. It is the most popular flat fishing or fly fishing area in the entire island and its surrounding isles.
Rio de la Plata lagoon, Paso Balem lagoon, and Monte Cristo lagoon are the three top destinations for flats and fly-fishing not only because it has a bountiful game but also because it has shallow waters that allow for wading while fishing. 90% of these lagoons can be paddled, making flats boots essential.
The boats that will take you there are called Mexican pangas that are capable of navigating through shallow waters.
A law protects these areas from commercial fishing, so if you go there, you will only find yourself and some other touring anglers. Due to this, the fish are bountiful and healthy. The peaceful and beautiful scenery also makes this a great place to relax with a nice beer in hand while waiting to pick some fishes.
You can take your catch home to grill and serve for dinner. Bonefish is the favorite game in the lagoons. They are called “ghosts of the flats” because of their number.
They are available all year round in the three lagoons and are relatively easy to catch, making it a favorite among newbie anglers. There are also various species available in the waters such as Permits during February to July, Snook during the winter, and Tarpons all year round.
The random appearance of various other species such as jacks, snappers, and barracudas make fishing more interesting.
They appear all year round too but are rare. Catching them is like finding a gem, which makes fishing more worthwhile.
Flats fishing in Cozumel is fun and rewarding because it offers bountiful catch all year round. Expert and novice anglers alike don’t get tired of the Cozumel’s vast lagoons in the northern part of the island.
Make sure to pick the perfect touring company which will provide everything that you will need in the fishing trip, including the fishing gears, baits, and an English-speaking guide who knows where the best spots to fish.