Sailfishing on the OBSESSION
My plans are to again run the OBSESSION to Isla Mujeres, Mexico for the light tackle Atlantic sailfish season in winter 2018. This will be the 14th season that I will be bringing the OBSESSION to Mexico, and my 18th season fishing down there. I love the island life and can't wait to get back. Check out the latest newsletter for details about the next sailfish season in Isla Mujeres, Mexico.
The waters off the northern Yucatan Peninsula hold the world's greatest seasonal concentration of Atlantic sailfish, and provide some incredible light tackle billfishing. Typically, fishing from early/mid January thru early/mid March is outstanding. The last two years have been slower than normal but we still averaged better than 10 sailfish/day. In 2010, we averaged 19 sailfish/day in January, 24 fish/day in February and 17 fish/day in March. We ended up catching 1048 sailfish.
The OBSESSION provides all bait and tackle. We use Shimano TLD 20's with 25 lb line on light action stand-up trolling rods. We encourage angler participation and enthusiastically work with everyone interested in hooking their own fish. We use exclusively circle hooks to reduce injury to the sailfish. We will leave the dock around 6:30 AM and return around sunset (5 PM). We provide lunch, including sandwiches, munchies, fruit, yogurt, and drinks including plenty of water, soda and beer! All you need bring is polarized sunglasses, sunscreen, rubber soled shoes, hat, camera, and plenty of good luck!
The OBSESSION will again be docked at Enrique's Marina, on the island of Isla Mujeres. To get there, you fly into Cancun International Airport. From Cancun airport, you take a half hour cab ride (should be around $50) to Puerto Juarez,where you take the new ferry to ISLA MUJERES (tell cab driver want to go to "Puerto Juarez.... new ferry to Isla Mujeres"). The ferry ride is 25 minutes, costs less than $10 and runs every half hour (6AM-11PM). The ferry lets you off a stones throw from my boat. Grab a cab (always at ferry dock) to drop your stuff off at your hotel and you can walk everywhere from there on....to boat, town, restaurants, beaches, ferry, everything within 5-10 minutes.
Check out the fishing reports section for pictures of fishing this past season.
The island of Isla Mujeres is as beautiful as it is fun. Great beaches, great restaurants, excellent snorkeling, and a great nite life. Walk out of the marina, and you are in the heart of town, a block from the beach, 2 blocks from many of the town's shops, restaurants, bars and night clubs and a short walk to your hotel. To get there, you fly into Cancun International Airport. From Cancun airport, you take a half hour cab ride (should be no more than $40) to Puerto Juarez, the port where you take the new ferry (tell cab driver want to go to "Puerto Juarez.... new ferry to Isla Mujeres"). The ferry ride is 25 minutes, costs $5 and runs every half hour (6AM-11PM). The ferry lets you off a stones throw from my boat. Grab a cab (always at ferry dock) to drop your stuff off at your hotel and you can walk everywhere from there on....to boat, town, restaurants, beaches, ferry, everything within 5-10 minutes.
The island is loaded with cool places to stay, including homes and apartments that rent by the week or month. The lodgings I recommend are mostly 2 story smaller quaint motel type lodgings with a mexican flavor on or close to the beach, although I also recommend a couple of newer 6 story hotel/condos that are first class. All are a 10 minute walk to the boat and surround the festive downtown area. Rooms range from $70 - 300/nite, depending upon what you are looking for, but for $70-$150/nite you get a very nice room for two people. Most everything on the island is clean and well kept. Do not wait too long to make your reservations! February & March are peak season for tourism and fishing, the island is small, and the nicer places fill up! My wife Ruth Ann & are will gladly help you make a decision on which lodging best suite your needs. To find information on the island, including places to stay, check out: http://www.isla-mujeres.net/
The lodgings I recommend can be found online and include:
Cabanas Maria Del Mar Great place for the guys...close to swing bar/Buhos Restaurant, sits in the heart of the North Beach;
Hotel Playa Media Luna Beautiful ocean views, first class but reasonably priced, small and private, very peaceful; impress your lady (this is mine and my wife's most favorite);
Hotel Villa Kiin Great location, lots of options in rooms, located on a small swimming beach, great for couples & families; (another favorite of ours);
Bucaneros Economical, great location in town on Hidalgo St. close to night life;
NaBalam Beautiful, first class and private with a excellent beach bar/restaurant, also has a wonderful onsite yoga palapa with classes and retreats; really impress your lady;
Hotel Secreto exceptional, first class, extremely private; really, really, impress your lady;
Nautibeach Condos Privately owned condos ...good for families, close to boat, great beach.... gotta book early;
Ixchel Beach Hotel Condos Beautiful, new, privately owned condos located on the famous North Beach, very close to everything, another good options for families (nice pools, outdoor restaurant and an elevator!);
Hotel RocaMar Recently remodeled, wonderful ocean views, very nice and private;
Privelege Aluxes newer 6 story luxuries beachfront hotel very close to boat.
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