Every season is fishing season in Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo, both offshore and inshore. Almost year-round you can bag soaring sailfish averaging 75 to 100 pounds. May through January brings blue and black marlin. November through January is the season for dorado (mahi-mahi). From November through June yellow-knife tuna, some weighing up to 300 pounds, will test your patience and skill.
Fishing close to shore, on the lagoons and just off the beach, pulls in roosterfish, feisty grouper, chula, wahoo, barracuda, bonito and Spanish mackerel. You may hit upon the occasional jack crevalle, weighing up to 25 pounds. The proliferation of regional sea life and the loyal fishermen, who either live here or visit year after year, mean that you have your choice of boats, booking agents, guides and excursions. Keep it simple by joining locals on the beach or pier to reel in smaller catch. For fly-fishing or light tackle angling, hire a small boat.
When fishing further out on a chartered boat for a full-day expedition, you’ll head for the blue water. You won't have to go far for excellent conditions. The nutrient-rich inshore water and favorable currents attract large numbers of game fish throughout the year. Many outfitters service the Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo area. Head for “Zihua’s” municipal pier to locate the Cooperativo de Pescadores Azueta. Choose from the diverse fleet of boats equipped with VHF radios, or, on select craft, GPS. Nearby, the Cooperativo Triangulo del Sol schedules day trips in their boats measuring 26 to 36 feet. From Ixtapa, smaller groups can arrange an excursion to Playa Vista Hermosa.
Boating and fishing reflect the different characters of the twin towns. Up until the 1970s, Zihuatanejo thrived solely as a fishing village and the locals have maintained their waterfront in the traditional Mexican style. In contrast, Ixtapa flaunts a modern marina and resort-style infrastructure that provides all amenities for adventure travelers.