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Get the whole gang together for a fishing adventure!

Reeling in a big fish is a quintessential Mexico holiday experience.

From the rush of the fight to the smell of fresh Spanish Mackerel sizzling on the grill, a day out with Levi and Surf & Fishing Charters or Omar’s Sportfishing is a surefire recipe for an awesome day.

Spending a few hours out at sea is one of the best ways to see the coastline and truly soak in what Puerto Escondido is all about. You’ll be afforded a completely different point of view on famous Puerto beaches like Carrizalillo, Playa Principal and Playa Zicatela and get a close-up look at the local fishing culture.

From the old bait men selling bite sized huachinango to tempt those monster dorados to the tank-free divers plying the rocks for oysters, lobster and other underwater delicacies. It’s just a totally new and different world out there.

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“El Faro”, Puerto Escondido’s famous lighthouse.

The early bird gets the worm…or in this case, the fish!

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Up at the crack of dawn ready to wet some lines.

OK, so this is the one day of your vacation that you’re going to want to set your alarm clock.

Arriving to the beach ready to climb aboard before the fish wake up is the first secret to guaranteeing a big haul.

Plus, being an early riser means snapping unbelievable photos of the sunrise

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Fish on! Fighting a monster.

Deep sea or close to shore?

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Sierra (Spanish Mackerel)

When booking your fishing trip you’ll be asked to choose between deep sea or close to shore fishing. Both options have distinct pros and cons.

With deep sea fishing you’ll be targeting truly enormous fish and there’s no experience in life quite like fighting a Dorado (Mahi Mahi), Pez Vela (Sailfish) or Marlin.

However, fishing for billfish offers less of a guarantee and you’ll need to spend a couple hours of your trip heading out and back from the fishing grounds. Then again, you’ll be able to spot sea turtles, dolphins and maybe even a whale along the way.

With close to shore fishing the action starts just as soon as you’re out of the harbor. These trips target Mackerel, Snapper, Skipjack Tuna and Amberjack. If you’re unfamiliar with these fish, the photos from this blog post were taken on a close to shore trip.

The advantage of going close to shore is that there’s a lot more action. You’ll catch more fish and be able to take home most of what comes into the boat. On our trip every member of our group reeled in two or three.

And while most of the sea mammals reside further from the coast, we did see a few dolphins and turtles along with tons of flying manta rays, pelicans and other seabirds.

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The biggest catch of the day, an Amberjack.

Helpful tips to make your Mexico fishing trip the best ever

pelicans on a boat puerto escondidoFirst and foremost: choose the right style of fishing to suit your group.

When you book, ask what’s biting to improve your chances of having good luck out on the water.

Then, decide whether it’s more important to your group to catch more fish or to have a chance at hauling in a billfish.

The size of your group will also factor in to your decision. If you’ve only got 2 or 3 people then you’ll have your hands on a rod most of the day, but with 5 or 6 you’ll need to take turns.

Therefore, a close to shore trip might be better for a larger party.

But whatever you choose, set your expectations accordingly. If you decide to target billfish there’s a possibility you might come back empty handed or only catch one or two.

Bring along sunblock and a hat. As the boat trolls back and forth the shade will shift from side to side on the boat, so you’ll need additional sun protection.

Bottled water and snacks are also a good idea to bring along and if you are prone to sea sickness, take a Dramamine as soon as you wake up in the morning. Avoid coffee and other foods that might irritate your stomach the day of your trip.

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A successful day out at sea. More fish than our large size cooler can handle!

If you need assistance booking your charter, we’ll be glad to help. Be sure to schedule well in advance of your stay to avoid disappointment.