Fishing in Cabo San Lucas

Fishing in Cabo San Lucas


Cabo San Lucas is world renown for “the place” to fish for Marlin.  Several world championships are held here annually including the invite-only Rolex Offshore World Championship, the World Billfish Release Tournament, and the Bisbee Black and Blue.  Marlin may be the main attraction but there cheapest viagra price are other fish that are often more plentiful, easier to catch and good for eating.  In this article you will find some of the most common onshore and offshore fish and when, where and how to fish for them.

Striped Marlin: These fish are the kings of Cabo for offshore fishing.  The average size is 110 pounds, but the world record is 494 pounds.  Striped Marlin are found year-round but prefer water in the 72-80 degree range.  Best fishing for Striped Marlin is normally from November until May.  In the recent past, there has been enough marlin to allow some boats to release as many as 28 marlin on a normal daylong fishing charter.  Give yourself three  fishing days for the best chance of catching a Striped Marlin. The best fishing spots are The Golden Gate Bank or the ledge off the lighthouse on the Pacific side of the cape.

Blue and Black Marlin:  Chances of hooking a larger marlin improve in the summer when the water starts to warm up above 80 degrees.  Both Blue and Black Marlin tend to be bigger than Striped Marlin, averaging 250 pounds.  The heaviest recorded Pacific Blue Marlin was 1,376 pounds and the heaviest recorded Black Marlin was $1,560 pounds.  Each year in Cabo marlin are caught that weigh more than 700 pounds.  Blue Marlin are found feeding offshore, around the current lines and along steep underwater drop-offs.  Most are caught on trolled artificial lures pulled at 9 knots.   Black Marlin are targeted using a method of live-bait fishing as they seem to prefer shallower waters close to shore or atop underwater structure such as the Gorda Banks and the 95 Spot.



Dorado:  This fish is also referred to at Dolphinfish and Mahimahi and are one of the most prolific fish in the ocean.  This beautiful fish changes colors as you watch with gold, blue, and green backgrounds and spots.  They are mainly a summer and fall fish as they prefer warmer water, feeding on flying fish and any fish smaller than themselves.  Dorado are a schooling fish and when found there are large numbers of them.  Average size is 15 pounds, but fish in the 50 pound class are often taken.  The world record is 87 pounds.  The Mexican government has a set limit of 2 Dorado per person per day, but  you may catch and release as many as you want.


Yellowfin Tuna:   As Dorado are the acrobats, Yellowfin Tuna are known as the brawlers.   They may be the strongest fish pound for pound.  This fish is found all year -round  but seems to prefer  slightly cooler waters, showing up more in the spring and fall.  In Cabo, fall is when you are most likely to catch a larger fish.  Most are in the 20-50 pound range but it is not unreasonable to hope for a fish weighing more than 200 pounds.  The world record is 288 pounds.  Our Yellowfin Tuna in Cabo are associated with dolphins, and seeing the spotted, white bellied, or spinning dolphin is always a good indicator.   South of San Jaime Bank and at the Gorda Banks are the 2 areas best for Yellowfin Tuna.

Wahoo:  This is the other big game fish available in Los Cabos and is capable of bursts of speed that exceed 50 miles per hour.  They don’t show up in large numbers so are an incidental catch for most anglers.   The best time to fish for Wahoo is when the water temperatures are in the 76-86 degree range or there is a full moon.  Best  chance is if you are the first boat out in the morning.  Fish for Wahoo by staying close to the steep underwater drop-offs near the edge of the large banks or on top of large rocks in shallower water.  Wahoo do school and it is possible to get multiple hook-ups of Wahoo that range from 20-40 pounds.  The world’s record is 185 pounds and was caught just a few miles from the arch at Land’s End.

Roosterfish:  Fishing from a panga or a cruiser in shallow water, you can hook up a Roosterfish,  Pargo or Sierra.  Fishermen come from around the world to fish the Southern Baja coastline for Roosterfish, a member of the Jack family.  They are not all that great to eat but are like all members of the family, hard fighters, never giving up until they are released.   They average 3-10 pounds and the big girls arrive in the summer.  The world record was caught in 1960 weighing in at 114 pounds.  It was caught in the La Paz area.  Rocky areas near sandy beaches attract Roosterfish as they cruise the shoreline looking for something to eat.


Sierra:  These are cool-water inshore fish that show up once the water along the beach is 76 degrees.  They are much smaller than Wahoo but share one attribute: teeth that can cause a nasty cut.  Sierra are  also known as Pacific Sierra Mackerel and school in great numbers.   Many anglers like to fish from the beach for Sierra, however more can be caught from a boat.  They are not a large fish but offer steady action and make great ceviche.

Pargo:  This fish is often called Red Snapper, Barred Pargo, or Cubera Snapper but all share the same characteristics and habitat.  They love the rocks.  The closer you can get your bait to the rocks, the better chances of hooking one of these fish. The Mexican government has imposed a 2 fish per angler limit on this species.

Information provided by Captain George Ladrum

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