January 22, 2019

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Fishing in Los Cabos

Cabo San Lucas is known as the "Marlin Capital of the World" and deservedly so, as there are more marlin caught here than any other place on earth. Unlike other well known fishing destinations, where days, and many dollars can be spent in pursuit of this most prized sport fish, it is not unusual to capture one or even more on your very first trip, whether you are a beginner or an expert. Once reserved for the wealthy, fishing in Cabo is now within reach of almost all visitors and an encounter not to be missed. Not only will you experience the thrill of battling a creature of incredible beauty and size, or landing smaller species and eating them, your fishing excursion gives you an opportunity to view the Cape and its landmarks from a unique perspective and often allows you to get a close up look at whales, dolphins and seals.

The big fish are caught in the fall, but even so, the Stars and Stripes Fishing Tournament is held in June, and the Surf and Panga Roosterfish Classic, in July.  It goes to show you that fishing along the southern Baja Peninsula -- where a massive submarine canyon allows warm and cooler waters to mix and shape one of the most fertile breeding grounds in the entire Pacific -- is astounding any time of the year, for virtually any kind of fish.  The general rules of thumb is the warmer the water, the more activity you will see on line. In Los Cabos, hot day, scarce clouds and warm deep currents attract more than 800 species of hungry sea life to breed and feed the sea's bounty.

As in any ecosystem, the dominating species depend on a healthy pyramid of diverse food and circumstance to support them.  In the Sea of Cortéz, dolphins, sea lions, gray whales, shrimp, scallops, sea cucumbers, sharks, manta rays and a half dozen exotic turtle species thrive in these fertile waters.  Smaller fish species, which make for outstanding sport fishing -- like the jacks, ladyfish, snapper, and giant needlefish -- skirt within 60 feet of the beach, gobbling up little baitfish.  These smaller species and the deep, tepid waters lure the billfish you've traveled all this way to wrestle with.

Don't think you have to be a competitor to cast in Los Cabos' waters.  Professionals and first-timers alike catch forty thousand marlin here every year, and there are all sorts of fishing to match all sorts of preferences:  Dorado, yellow fin tuna, Wahoo, rooster and sailfish.  Most wait for the sun-backed 80-degree waters of late summer, but striped marlins -- which can get as big as 13 feet and weigh in at over 900 pounds, will start striking when the water temperature is in the mid-70s.  As far as the general weather patterns, Los Cabos get hot in the summer, but garners a refreshing breeze off the surrounding bodies of water.  Winters are refreshingly warm and ideal.  If there were an off-season -- a term only barely applicable to Los Cabos' year-round optimum conditions -- it would be January.

Getting Started:  The gamut of arrangements from day trips to multi-day all-inclusive expeditions, can be arranged by the charter companies lining the strip in Cabo San Lucas or at your hotel.  Depending on your budget and what kind of fish you want to catch, your charter can start at $250 to $600 for a full day.  A small Panga (open-deck 18- to 22-foot boat with an outboard motor) will be the lowest price option and suitable for most inshore excursions.  If you have a larger group (5 to 8 people) and want to scour the high seas for heavier game, you will prefer the size and amenities of a larger cruiser like the 29 foot luxury cruiser or the 31-foot Hatteras.

ATV motorcycles or a 24-foot pontoon boat can facilitate onshore or inshore fly-fishing excursions.  Once you charter the boat through, be prepared to supply your own box lunch, buy baitfish in the marina for about $20 and purchase a license -- unless you opt for the luxury of a full-service tour.  Find the right host and you will get a full day on the sea, catered lunch, your choice of beverages, filet and preparation of your catch, and everything else but a tip included.  Take the time to find a knowledgeable captain, who will most likely lead you to the best fishing.

Fishing Legally:  The diverse waters and marine species are attracting hordes of tourists, divers, poachers and fishermen, and are in danger of depletion or extinction due to over-fishing and heavy tourism development.  Take measures to preserve the region's natural treasures and release scarce species or unneeded catches.  Mexican law places the following limitations on your catch:

  • The use of nets or other non-rod and line set-ups is prohibited with the exception of some allowed spear fishing.

  • Each fisherman is allowed 10 fish per day (no more than five of any one species).  Also, no more than one full-grown marlin (females should be released) and no more than two tarpon, halibut, or sailfish.

  • Capture of most shellfish and sea turtles is strictly prohibited

Monthly Fishing Guide
Best Fishing Catch is Marked in Salmon Color
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The Marina in Cabo San Lucas

MARINA CABO SAN LUCAS is a modern marina, strategically located in the harbor of Cabo San Lucas, at the very tip of the Baja Peninsula. The marina is one of the world’s outstanding yachting, sport fishing and mega-yacht facilities. It is a safe, protected harbor of refuge at the tip of Baja California and is the home of the world’s richest sport fishing tournaments—Marlin, Tuna and Dorado.

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