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Fishing in Cabo

Surrounding Los Cabos are waters incredibly rich in marine life. With an estimated 900 species of fish in the Sea of Cortés alone, it’s no wonder why Cabo San Lucas attracts fishermen from all over the world. Just think about it, more than 50,000 sailfish are caught around here each year. And that figure doesn’t even include marlin, Cabo’s most prized catch.

Cabo Fishing

It’s no wonder why Cabo San Lucas attracts fishermen from all over the world.

Two major ocean currents converge just off of Cabo San Lucas. The result ‑ nutrient-rich water attracting baitfish which in turn attract the much larger game fish. In Cabo, one may fish either onshore, inshore, or offshore. Billfish such as striped, blue, or black marlin, swordfish, and sailfish may be caught offshore where the water depth is greater than 200 meters. Additionally, wahoo, roosterfish, dorado, yellowtail, and tuna may be caught offshore as well. Note that of the billfish, only swordfish would be good for eating. The rest are trophy catches.

  • Popular Cabo Catches:
  • Billfish
  • Croakers
  • Corvinas
  • Jack
  • Dorado
  • Mackerel
  • Tuna
  • Bass
  • Flatfish
  • Snapper
  • Sharks
  • Rays
  • Squid
Cabo Fishing

The best fishing in the world is to be had within about 40 miles from the Cabo marina. Offshore depths, where billfish are commonly caught, are less than a mile away from the Cabo coast. While the big game fish are usually caught offshore, it’s not unheard of that they are caught onshore as well (though this is rare).

In case you choose not to fish by boat, onshore fishing is another option. This may be done either along the Corridor beaches or from the Pacific side of Cabo. You could expect to catch halibut, sand bass, and corvina to name a few. Some are even able to catch roosterfish right from the coast facing the Pacific Ocean.

How Much Does It Cost?

Fishing trips by boat average from US$500-$1600 a day for six people. A four-angler day fishing trip should be about US$350. When arranging a trip, ask what’s included (e.g. fishing equipment, lunch, etc.). Never give money to a nonestablished fishing charter unless the trip will commence immediately upon payment. Some may promise a fishing trip at a future date or time, take your money, and never see you again. That’s why it’s important to deal with established companies that can be trusted. If you need to buy baitfish, they may be purchased for around $2 per fish at the Cabo marina.

Cabo Fishing Seasons

You may be wondering about the best time of year to come to Cabo for fishing. This depends on what you’d be interested in catching. If you’re looking for striped marlin, they arrive at Cabo in late winter and remain until midsummer. You may find the larger blue and black marlin in the summer and fall months. March and June is the best time to catch yellowtail, though they are present year round. Wahoo and snook are caught more often from July through October. It can be a little difficult to generalize the right time to catch fish because of many variables involved. Just keep two things in mind. First, fish tend to migrate to Cabo when it’s warmer; and second, populations of fish can be low during a very dry year in the American Southwest.

Fishing Restrictions in Los Cabos

Anyone 16 years of age or older aboard a boat with fishing equipment and tackle must have a Mexican fishing license. Even those not planning to fish must have one. Fishing licenses aren’t necessary in Cabo if you’re fishing from the shore.

The Cabo Marina

There are regulations on how many fish you can catch. 10 fish per person is the daily limit (no more than five fish of a single species). Only one fully grown marlin, sailfish, or swordfish may be caught. Two shad, tarpon, sharks, roosterfish, or dorado are permitted. Nonresidents are not allowed to take any shellfish (e.g. shrimp and lobsters). Sea turtles, cabrilla, and totuava are prohibited for anyone to catch. If you’d like to bring your catch to America, this is permitted as long as what you’ve caught conforms with the Mexican fishing regulations. Just make sure the species of fish are still identifiable.

Fish you catch in Cabo may be cooked at your own hotel. We’ve had friends go on a day of fishing and come back with dozens of fish that the hotel gladly cooked for us. If your hotel is not able to perform this complimentary service, try heading over to The Giggling Marlin where they can cook your catch for you. Another friend of ours caught a marlin from Cabo and brought it back to the U.S. where he now has it framed and well-preserved in his office. Whatever it is that you plan on doing here, just know that there is no better place to fish than in Cabo San Lucas.

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