Fishing In Ixtapa Zihuatanejo


When famous writers Zane Grey and Ernest Hemingway didn’t write books, they came to Zihuatanejo for inspiration, relaxation and to catch the big sailfish they heard so much about.

Once a quaint fishing village, today Ixtapa Zihuatanejo is still a mecca for local fishermen and all visitors who come for a great sports fishing.  Several fishing magazines named Ixtapa Zihuatanejo among the best sports fishing destinations in the world, and anglers in the know will confirm that every season is a fishing season in Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo!

My dad loves to fish, so I was interested to learn more about types of fish you can catch in our waters.  Capella Ixtapa’s Personal Assistant Andres explained that May through January is most popular for catching blue and black marlin.  The record catch so far in black marlin fishing is a 1,000 pounds black marlin, hooked by a first time deep-sea fisherman, it took 9 hours and 7 men to lift the fish onto the boat.  If you like mahi-mahi (or dorado), don’t miss fishing our coastline between November and January.  From November through June you are most likely to catch yellow-knife tuna, which can weigh up to 300 pounds!  If you prefer to fish close to the shore, on the lagoons or just off the beach, you’ll still be able to have plenty to catch: roosterfish, feisty grooper, chula, wahoo, barracuda, bonito, Spanish mackerel, and even an occasional jack crevalle!  In any case, whichever style of fishing suits you best, one thing is guaranteed – you will have a fantastic time!

Spending a day fishing the Pacific waters is one of our guests’s favorite activities, said Andres.  In fact this is adventure loved by both those who fish and those who don’t!  The trips last around 7 hours, and while those fishing spend the time chatting with the experienced local captain and crew, learning more about best fishing spots, the tricks of the trade and fishing the Pacific waters, the rest of the group can enjoy the boat ride, the breeze and the scenery.  It’s not unusual to see giant turtles swim by, or that the boat is chased by a pod of dolphins!  During winter you might even spot grey whales.  Fishing in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo is a wonderful experience, and an excellent way to get to know more about our beautiful destination.

While our fishing trips are normally catch and release, in order to respect the nature and ecosystem, we are allowed to bring back one sailfish, marlin or dorado from the trip, which our Chefs will be more then happy to prepare for you!

For more information about fishing trips in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, please email Capella ixtapa’s Personal Assistant at

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