Huatulco fishing articles, maps, fishing reports, peak seasons, hot spots, and vacation travel information for the top sportfishing locations of Huatulco, Mexico.
The fully tropical Huatulco fishing area--located only 16 degrees north of the equator--is so far down Mexico's Pacific coast that about half of the country of Guatemala is actually north of it.
Until quite recently, only the proverbial "sleepy fishing villages" marked the coast of the Mexican state of Oaxaca here; today's "Bahias de Huatulco" tourist complex of vacation hotels and resorts did not exist until an ambitious federal development project in the early 1980s took a gorgeous, virtually untouched stretch of coastline with a serious of amazing bays and attempted to create an instant industry in its middle.
Tourist development at Huatulco is focused on several central areas along a fantastic 20-mile stretch of coastline that traditionally has "nine bays," but in actuality boasts of dozens of hidden beaches and coves that might also be called bays. The main development, offering hotels, golf, restaurants, and other vacation infrastructure is in the three closely spaced central bays of Santa Cruz, Chahue, and Tangolunda. The area is served by an international airport and is surrounded by beautiful natural beach and jungle settings.
Even today, though, the Huatulco tourism and sportfishing industry is less developed and less highly organized than other federally anointed Mexican travel destinations and the Huatulco fishing area might still be considered at least partially "undiscovered." Only a handful of fully equipped charter fishing boats offer sportfishing services in the area and less is generally known by outsiders about Huatulco's fish species, seasons, and locations than in other comparable vacation destinations with access to Mexico's coastal waters. If a major vacation resort area, designed as such from the ground up, can be considered "sleepy," this is it, especially along the undeveloped coastal areas between Huatulco itself and the nearby centers of Salina Cruz, Puerto Angel, and Puerto Escondido.
Huatulco's very warm coastal waters abound with game fish of many kinds. Offshore, the four-mile-deep Middle America Trench causes underwater turbulence that stimulates food production and attracts game fish to the Huatulco fishing area.
The Huatulco fishing area lies off a projecting bulge of Mexico's Isthmus of Tehuantepec, with only about 150 miles of land separating the Pacific Ocean from the Gulf of Mexico at its narrowest point. Winds and currents off Huatulco can be seasonally rough, and during the late summer months the offshore Gulf of Tehuantepec is the warm water birth place of tropical storms and hurricanes that work their way north along the Mexican coast
The cooler water winter months are peak for yellowfin tuna and dorado, or mahi-mahi, from December through March.
Spring is a transition season with action offshore tapering, but inshore fishing for jacks, roosterfish, sierra, and black skipjack picking up in April and May.
The warm water summer months are good for sailfish and blue and black marlin offshore and peak for many mixed species inshore from June through September.
The fall season is again a transitional period with less active offshore fishing in October and November.
Mixed in with these species are blue and black marlin, some striped marlin and broadbill swordfish, and wahoo offshore, and snappers, snook, pompano, trevally, barracuda, ladyfish, grouper, and a wide variety of species inshore.
Sailfish fishing action at Huatulco can be quite intense, with double-digit shots per day, and "offshore" fishing can begin within a mile or so of the beach, as steep drop-offs are present in several areas. Inshore fishing in the Huatulco area is enhanced by river runoffs bringing color lines and currents that attract a variety of species.
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Archived Huatulco Sportfishing Reports:
Jan. 21, 2007, Panga fishing and snorkeling with Hecho en Mexico Tours.
Jan. 18, 2007, Fly fishing for tuna and mixed species.
Nov. 11, 2006, Multi-species spearfishing at Tecolutla and a trip to Puerto Escondido, Mexico.
Sept. 16, 2006, Fishing For Mixed Species On Rain Runoff Trash Lines, Eric Weissman.
June 16, 2006, Eric Weissman, Explore Fly Fishing, good fishing and new fishing safari package at Huatulco, Mexico.
Jan. 11-18, 2006, Eric Weissman, Explore Fly Fishing, San Agustinillo, Huatulco, Mexico Fishing Report.
Jan. 7, 2006, Eric Weissman, Explore Fly Fishing, San Agustinillo, Huatulco, Mexico Sportfishing Report.
Dec. 16, 2005, Eric Weissman, Explore Fly Fishing, San Agustinillo, Huatulco, Mexico Fishing Report.
Nov. 25, 2005, Eric Weissman, Explore Fly Fishing, San Agustinillo, Huatulco, Mexico Fishing Report.
Oct. 29, 2005, Eric Weissman, Explore Fly Fishing, San Agustinillo, Huatulco, Mexico Fishing Report.
Oct. 22, 2005, Eric Weissman, Explore Fly Fishing, San Agustinillo, Huatulco, Mexico Fishing Report.
Sept. 16, 2005, Eric Weissman, Explore Fly Fishing, San Agustinillo, Huatulco, Mexico Fishing Report.
July 1, 2005, Eric Weissman, Explore Fly Fishing, Huatulco, Mexico Fishing Report.
June 4, 2005, Eric Weissman, Explore Fly Fishing, San Agustinillo, Huatulco, Mexico Fishing Report.
Feb. 26, 2005, Brian Barragy, Baja On The Fly, Huatulco, Mexico Fishing Report.
Feb. 12, 2005, Erich Licht, Huatulco, Oaxaca, Mexico Fishing Report.
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