Bring These Must-Have Items for an Unforgettable Fishing Trip in Cancun

Planning A Fishing Trip In Cancun? Pack These 18 Essentials!

three men in boat on fishing trip in Cancun

Embarking on a fishing trip in Cancun is a one-in-a-lifetime experience, especially for first-timers. The stunning Caribbean waters offer an abundance of big game fish species, and a well-prepared trip can lead to an unforgettable adventure. To ensure you have a fun and successful outing, make sure to bring these essential items with you on your trip with Fishing and Fun in Cancun.

1. Sun Protection

Cancun’s tropical sun can be intense. We suggest bringing a high-SPF sunscreen, a wide-brimmed hat, and UV-protective sunglasses to shield yourself from harmful rays.


One of the benefits of booking with us is that our boat has a fully air-conditioned seating area! If you get too hot or need a quick break, you can cool off inside. Plus, we have a full kitchen and bathroom. 

2. Comfortable Clothing

While on any deep-sea fishing charter, it’s best to wear light, breathable clothing. Long-sleeve shirts and pants can protect you from the sun and wind while keeping you cool. You may also want to bring a swimsuit or change of clothes in case you get wet.

3. Non-Slip Shoes

The boat deck can get slippery, so wear non-slip shoes to ensure safety while moving around.

4. Personal Identification

Cancun’s fishing regulations require that each passenger have a valid ID, such as a passport or driver’s license while on the boat. We have plenty of room inside to store your personal belongings and keep them out of the way while on your fishing trip in Cancun.

5. Seasickness Medication

Even if you’ve never experienced seasickness, it’s wise to bring medication. The ocean can be unpredictable, and it’s better to be prepared.


One thing to note about motion sickness medications is that they can be dehydrating. Drinking plenty of water while fishing in Cancun is an absolute must! We suggest waiting about an hour or two into your trip before drinking alcoholic beverages. That way, you can be sure any motion sickness medication fully kicks in and you don’t double the dehydrating effects with alcohol. 

6. Waterproof Bag For Phone

Don’t underestimate the number of pictures and videos you’ll want to take while on a fishing trip in Cancun! We encourage everyone on the boat to have a high-quality waterproof bag or device to keep phones and cameras safe from splashes and water damage. 

7. Snacks and Drinks

All of our fishing charters come with complimentary drinks and light snacks. The half and full-day charters also come with lunch. But we also suggest bringing your favorite snacks or drinks to keep energized and hydrated throughout the trip.

8. Cooler for Your Catch

Depending on what type of fish you catch, you and your guests will have several options. We can cook it for you to eat while on board, fillet it so you can take it back to your hotel, or store the fish for you to take to a taxidermy.


If you plan to take your catch with you off the boat, we suggest bringing a cooler with ice packs to keep the fish fresh until you get to your location. 

9. Swim Suit

All of our fishing charters come with the option for snorkeling in the reefs around Isla Mujeres and Cancun. While we provide the snorkeling gear, you’ll want to pack you swim suit and any other swimming gear you may want to use. 

10. Toiletries

Should you want to shower after snorkeling or “clean up” after a long trip, make sure to pack lotion, soap, or any other toiletry items you may need. We have a full bathroom and shower that you are welcome to use throughout your trip!

11. Fishing Gear

While we provide the highest quality fishing rods and gear, we understand that experienced anglers might prefer using their fishing equipment. That’s a-ok with us!

12. Polarized Sunglasses

Your normal, everyday sunglasses may not offer enough protection while on a fishing tirp in Cancun. Make sure to bring polarized sunglasses that will help reduce glare on the water, making it easier to spot fish and protect your eyes from the sun.

13. Multi-Tool

A multi-tool with a knife, pliers, and other features can be incredibly useful for cutting lines, removing hooks, and other tasks. 

14. Personal Floatation Device (PFD)

Our boat is fully equipped with life vests, but we also suggest bringing a comfortable, well-fitting personal PFD for non-swimmers or young children. Safety and comfort is our primary goal, but extra protection may be needed for those who have never been on a boat before. 

15. Insect Repellent

The open waters and coastal areas can sometimes attract insects. Bring repellent to ensure a comfortable trip.

16. Weather-Appropriate Outerwear

Weather can change quickly at sea, especially during the spring and summer months when rain is a common occurrence. A lightweight, waterproof jacket can protect you from unexpected rain or cool winds.

17. Cash

While not required, it is customary to tip the boat captain after a fishing trip in Cancun. Bringing cash with you makes it easy. 

18. A Positive Attitude

Lastly, bring a positive attitude and a sense of adventure. Fishing is not just about catching fish; it’s about enjoying the experience and the beautiful surroundings.

Tips for a Successful Fishing Trip in Cancun

  1. Listen to Your Guide: Your captain and crew are experienced and knowledgeable. Follow their advice and instructions to maximize your safety and enjoyment.
  2. Stay Hydrated: The sun and sea can be dehydrating. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated throughout the trip.
  3. Respect the Environment: Practice sustainable fishing and respect local regulations. Help preserve Cancun’s beautiful marine ecosystem for future generations.
  4. Enjoy the Journey: Sometimes, the fish might not bite as expected. Enjoy the journey, the camaraderie, and the stunning views regardless of your catch.

Why Book A Fishing Trip In Cancun With Us?

At Fishing and Fun in Cancun, we strive to provide an exceptional deep sea fishing experience. Our charters are equipped with modern amenities and staffed by friendly, professional crews who are dedicated to making your trip memorable. Whether you’re a novice or an experienced angler, we ensure you have everything you need for a successful fishing adventure.


Prepare well, bring these essential items, and get ready for an incredible fishing trip in Cancun. With the right gear and mindset, you’re sure to have a fantastic time exploring the bountiful waters of the Caribbean. Book your adventure with Fishing and Fun in Cancun today and create unforgettable memories on the open sea.

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