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October 25, 2001

Sail Away in Cancun

Q: This spring I have planned to take a trip to Cancun, Mexico. After reading your magazine, I have decided to go fishing offshore while I'm down there. Although I've been there once before, I know very little about the sport. I was wondering if you could tell me what kinds of fish would be around Cancun and the Gulf during early March, when I am taking my trip.

Q: This spring I have planned to take a trip to Cancun, Mexico. After reading your magazine, I have decided to go fishing offshore while I'm down there. Although I've been there once before, I know very little about the sport. I was wondering if you could tell me what kinds of fish would be around Cancun and the Gulf during early March, when I am taking my trip. -Jonathon Tipton, Mechanicsville, Virginia

A: The fishing's good around Cancun year-round, but my preference is to focus on fishing for offshore pelagics in the straits between mainland Yucatan and Cozumel, which are tremendously productive for billfish, especially sails (which you can sometimes see from the beach) and wahoo. Closer in, you'll find barracuda and tarpon. Sadly, snapper, grouper and other reef/bottom species have been badly depleted in much of the area except along very deep slopes.

Send your questions (and photos) about fish and the oceans to Dr. Bob Shipp, Sport Fishing Fish Facts, c/o Dept. of Marine Sciences, University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL 36688; fax 334-460-7357;
e-mail rshipp@jaguar1.usouthal.edu.