Fishing in Cozumel, unbeknownst to many, is a popular activity for tourists and families. Not only seasoned anglers go to Cozumel for fishing but also tourist who want to experience the abundance of marine life, especially in hard to find secluded areas where it is most relaxing. Tarpon fishing in Cozumel is one of the anglers’ favorite pastime and challenge. Tarpons are hard to find, almost rare, in the lagoons and flats, making them a feat to catch.
Tarpons possess distinctive lateral lines and have shiny, silvery scales that cover most of their bodies and are found mainly in the three northern lagoons of Cozumel: Rio de la Plata lagoon, Paso Balem lagoon, and Monte Cristo lagoon.
The lagoons mentioned above are the home of Tarpons in Cozumel. They are composed of inlets, coves, mangroves, sandy flats, coral flats, grassy flats, mud flats and shallow crystal clear waters, making it a perfect habitat of the elusive Tarpon. Usually, these fighter fishes are found in the mangroves and other isolated areas where they like to hide.
Tarpon fishing is prime during the warm months, from May to July. If you fish on these months and lady luck is on your side, you will be able to bait Tarpons of around 8 to 20 pounds. Prepare for a fight though; Tarpons jump up out of the water when hooked making them very challenging to catch.
Generally, Tarpons are available all year round. However, you will most likely catch baby Tarpons when off-season. Anglers consider Tarpons as prized fishes, especially the big ones, because of the fight they put up when caught and their leaping ability. Usually, they are released after being caught because they are the bony kind of fish with average tasting meat.
When going Tarpon Fishing in Cozumel, you need to find the best guide out there. Make sure he is licensed because tourists are not allowed to fish without a licensed guide. He should be able to point out exactly where Tarpons like to breed to maximize the chances of you catching one. Be patient as this might take a bit of waiting. You will have fun in the process though, as you will be catching other species that breed in the same waters.
Prepare wading boots or shoes when going Tarpon fishing because the lagoons have shallow areas that are hard to reach. Remember, Tarpons are the elusive kind that dwells in mangroves that might not be accessible by a boat.
Catching a Tarpon in Cozumel may be difficult but it is definitely satisfying. Tarpons are one of the hard to catch fishes in the lagoons. Don’t forget to bring your camera when you go Tarpon fishing in Cozumel because you would want to have a remembrance if ever you successfully catch a big one. Even if you don’t, you will still have a great time because of the relaxing ambiance the nature gives you. You will also get your fair share of Bonefish, if ever no Tarpons came your way.