Fishing in Cabo San Lucas
If you are interested in the finest Marlin fishing year round; Cabo San Lucas, Mexico is the place to go. With an abundance of Marlin populations, Cabo San Lucas is known as the “Marlin capital of the world”. The beautiful blue waters of the Baja Peninsula bubble with bountiful Striped, Black, and Blue Marlin.
An abundance of fish:
Los Cabos is not only home to Marlin; a copious of other fish inhabit the surrounding waters. If looking for that prize winning catch of Mahi Mahi, Tuna, or Snapper; you are in the right place. However, the abundance of a particular species of fish depends on the season. Although Marlin can be caught year round, the best time to fish for Striped Marlin is in the winter, Blue and Black is in the summer and fall. In the summer you are more likely to find Tuna, Sailfish, Dorado, and Wahoo. Striped Marlin and yellowtail are most plentiful in the winter and spring.
Best fishing areas:
There are many places around the coast of Cabo San Lucas that are ideal for fishing.
Most of the best fishing areas are located within 40 miles of the port. There is also a spot that is two miles from the old lighthouse near a 600 ft ledge. The Tinaje Trough is a deep underwater canyon on the Pacific side of the cape, where you can find many different species of fish. Located between the San Jaime Bank (the deepest point of the Tinaje Trough), and the Golden Gate Bank (12 miles to the north) is the pathway of underwater currents. This is the best place to fish in Cabo. These warm currents carry enormous amounts of Skipjack Tuna, Yellowfin Tuna, and Blue Marlin.
Plan your charter ahead of time:
Charter boats provide an excellent way to tackle the true Los Cabos fishing experience. There are over 350 charters that operate out of the marina. There are many types of charters offered; you can find anything from 21 ft center consoles to 100+ ft luxury yachts. Some of these charters offer all inclusive packages. Whether you are an expert who knows all there is to know about fishing, or a novice casting a line for the first time; there is something to suit everyone’s fishing needs. Depending on how much money you want to spend, how many people will be traveling with you, and how long you want to go for; there are many options to accommodate your needs. To insure availability of your charter boat; be sure to make reservations as far in advance as possible.
There are a couple of things to take care of when setting off on a fabulous fishing excursion in Cabo San Lucas. You will need to purchase a fishing license in order to fish. These can be purchased the day of your fishing trip at the marina for $12/day or $25/week.
Sign up for fishing tournaments:
Cabo San Lucas holds some of the most well-known fishing tournaments in the world. Most of the tournaments take place in October. These include; the Annual Los Cabo Billfish Tournament, the Pete Lopiccola Charity Tournament for cancer research, and the Bisbee Offshore Challenge. The largest tournament that takes place in Cabo is the Bisbee Black and Blue Marlin Tournament. The Western Outdoor News’ Mercury Tuna Jackpot Tournament is scheduled early in November. The summer months bring the Rolex/IGFA offshore Championship in May, the Lucas Billfish Challenge in June, and the Mercury Light Line Fly Fishing World Championships in July.
If catching plentiful amounts of world-class Marlin in a tropical paradise sounds like something you would like to do; take a trip down to southern tip of the Baja Peninsula to fish the warm waters of Cabo San Lucas.