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Los Cabos - World Class Fishing 


"More varieties of big game fish than days in the year" ....... Wayne Bisbee

 

In Los Cabos, sport fishing is an activity that attracts tourists from all over the world. There are over 500 fishing vessels waiting to take you where the Sea of Cortés meets the Pacific, where these two bodies of water join in a tumult of marlin and swordfish, wahoo, dorado and yellowtail, snapper, cabrilla, corvina and roosterfish, and where 12,000 of these creatures of the deep are caught every year, with most released to fight another day.

Located at the southern tip of the magnificent Baja peninsula, Cabo has been blessed with what many describe as the perfect climate. For years Cabo was the remote playground reserved solely for private yacht owners. They flocked here to be near "Marlin Alley", as the waters around Cabo have often been described. The name is well deserved, as Cabo San Lucas is the undisputed billfish capital of the world.

The waters around Los Cabos provide some of the finest sportfishing in the world. Fishing is excellent year round for marlin and many other billfish species. In addition, the rockier areas along the gulf side hold many types of groupers, sea bass, snappers, trevallies & neddle fish, while the sandy Pacific side produces largo pargo, colorado snappers, shark, jack crevelle and the ultimate surf warrior, the mighty rooster fish.

For detailed information, contacts, e-mail, CLICK on the NAMES or the PICTURES below

More on fishing at the end of this page ........ CLICK HERE


Charter de Los Cabos
Address Local 48 y 49 E. Plaza Bonita Mall
Cabo San Lucas, BCS 23410
Local tel:
U.S. tel:
(624) 143-4050
+52 (624) 143-4050
Hours: 0800 h - 1800 h
Credit cards: MC, Visa
Other: Tournament Rigged Boats: Yes
English Speaking Crew: Yes
Charters de Los Cabos offers crewed sailboats, catamaran and power yachts. Tours include fishing; snorkeling; sunset cruises; sailing and various combinations of all. Boats handle 4 to 16 people, and are available half day and full day.
 

Gladiator Charters
Address Cabo Yacht Center
Cabo San Lucas Marina
Cabo San Lucas, BCS 23410
Local tel:
U.S. tel:
(624) 151-5708
(866) 702-6337
Hours: Mon-Fri 0900 h - 1700 h Sat 0900 h - 1200 h
Credit cards: Visa, MC, AmEx
Other: Tournament Rigged Boats: Yes
English Speaking Crew: Yes
Gladiator Charters offers world class, tournament style Cabo San Lucas deep sea fishing. Charters and activities include Custom Cabo Fishing Tournaments (2 to 30 boats), Corporate Incentives and Rewards, and more.
 

Hotel Buena Vista Beach Resort
Address Km. 105 Carretera al Sur
Buenavista, BCS 23580
Local tel:
U.S. tel:
(624) 141-0033
(800) 752-3555
Hours: All Day Front Desk Service
Credit cards: Visa, MC, AmEx
Other: Tournament Rigged Boats: Yes
English Speaking Crew: Yes
Hotel Buena Vista offers catch and release sportfishing for half days and night fishing, including outfits and bait and tackle. Also offered is flyfishing that include coastal trips, panga trips and inshore/offshore cruiser trips.
 

Josephine Charters
Address Cabo San Lucas Marina
Cabo San Lucas, BCS 23410
Local tel:
U.S. tel:
(624) 143-1288
(858) 832-1477
Hours: 0800 h - 1900 h
Credit cards: Visa, MC, AmEx
Other: Tournament Rigged Boats: Yes
English Speaking Crew: Yes
At Josephine Charters, you can rent the fully-outfitted 80’ Ocean Alexander Cruiser for either a full day of fishing and cruising, or a half day of fishing and cruising.
 

Picante Sportfishing
Address Plaza Puerto Paraiso Local 39-A
Marina Cabo
Cabo San Lucas, BCS 23410
Local tel:
U.S. tel:
(624) 143-2474
(714) 572-6693
Hours: 0600 h - 2100 h
Credit cards: Visa, MC, AmEx
Other: Tournament Rigged Boats: Yes
English Speaking Crew: Yes
Picante Sportfishing has 18 fully equipped yachts available for sportfishing and cruising. They come with experienced crews and range in size from 24-ft. to 78-ft., accommodating 4-12 guests.


Pisces Sportfishing
Address Barcos Piscis, S.A. de C.V.
Cabo Maritime Center Marina 8-6 Suite D-1
Cabo San Lucas, BCS 23410
Local tel:
U.S. tel:
(624) 143-1288
(877) 286-7938
Hours: 0800 h - 1900 h
Credit cards: Visa, MC, AmEx
Other: Tournament Rigged Boats: Yes
English Speaking Crew: Yes

Pisces Sportfishing offers over 25 vessels for rent from 28-ft cruisers to 111 ft. yachts. They come fully equipped with experienced crews and are available for 4 guests to large groups.


Redrum Sportfsihing
Address Blvd. Marina Cabo Plaza
Cabo San Lucas, BCS 23410
Local tel:
U.S. tel:
(624) 172-0085
(760) 481-7667
Hours: 0500 h - 0700 h 1000 h - 1800 h
Credit cards: Visa, MC, AmEx
Other: Tournament Rigged Boats: Yes
English Speaking Crew: Yes
Redrum Sportfishing's fleet has vessels from 28’ to 54’ accommodating 4 to 12 people. We offer a professional, experienced, English-speaking crew, world-class tackle, fresh, live bait, personal instruction… everything you need.
 
 
 

 
More on Fishing

The number one fish in Cabo, the striped marlin, ranges in size from 100 to 180 pounds and occasionally gets over the 200-pound mark. Though they are present throughout the year, with peak months being May, June, December and January, 2007 catch records indicate that even in the summer months, the catch per boat varied from one to 10 fish in a single day.

Blue and black marlin frequent the waters from July to mid-November, ranging in size from 150 to 800 pounds. It is interesting to note, though, that most of the largest fish ever caught in Los Cabos — over 1,000 pounds — were caught in months considered out of season for this species. An indication that Cabo Life is full of little surprises, and you should always be prepared!

Sailfish are fairly large in Los Cabos, weighing from 70 to 160 pounds. They appear at the same time as the blue and black marlin. Swordfish, though fewer in number, prefer the colder months of February and March. People are always surprised to hear that in Cabo we catch this species during the daytime. Most other locations require fishing at night. The largest yellow-fin tuna in the world are caught in the waters of Mexico, with day trip catches ranging from 10 to 300-plus pounds. Tuna move quickly from one location to another, so the bite tends to be less consistent.

Though you are allowed to keep one marlin or sailfish per boat, anglers are strongly encouraged to release these fish, which are considered second-rate eating fish at best.

If you’ve never tried fishing before, Cabo is the best place to get started. The crews here are very experienced and will show you exactly what to do. And, should your strength or interest wane while on the ocean, there is plenty of time for relaxing, sunbathing, absorbing the views, as well as seeing wildlife up close, such as whales, dolphins, seals, turtles and manta rays.

In the fishing world, Cabo ranks in the top five destinations on the planet, while being firmly entrenched as the number one location in the world to catch striped marlin. But media attention is attracted every year by the top fishing tournaments in the world. Bisbee's Black and Blue, which last year had a record payout for first place of more than $4 million is the most attended and anticipated. However, this is not the only competition; the Los Cabos Billfish Tournament and Tuna Tournament are all held within three weeks of the main event, the IGFA World Offshore Championship is held in May, the Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot is in November, and the annual East Cape Offshore Tournament is in July.

Additional Links

If you're bringing frozen fish back with you, you'll want to contact the U.S. Food and Drug Administration at (301) 436-1576 if you have any additional questions. If you're bringing a stuffed and mounted fish back with you, check with the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife at (703) 358-2104 and your airline to make sure you are fully informed of all regulations regarding, cost, duties, and limits. You can also call the Mexico Department of Fisheries with any questions - they are located in San Diego, California at (619) 233-6956.

Fishing License & Regulations

Official rules and regulations for fishing in Cabo San Lucas from the Mexico Department of Fisheries

Any non-resident alien 16 years or older must possess a valid Mexican sport fishing license before fishing in Mexican waters. This license covers all types of fishing and is valid anywhere in Mexico. Everyone aboard private & Sportfishing Charter boats in Mexican waters must have a fishing license if there is fishing gear of any kind, or fish, or fish parts on board. A fishing license is also required for underwater fishing. Fishing licenses are issued for periods of one week, one month, and one year, effective at 12:01 am on the starting date specified on the license application. The prices for Mexican fishing licenses are as follows:

  • One Day License - $12.00 USD
  • Weekly License   - $25.00 USD
  • Monthly License  - $35.00 USD

All prices are in US Dollars. These licenses are not transferable, and each license must include the person's full legal name, home address, and telephone number. Applications for Mexican Sport fishing Licenses can be obtained at the Mexico Department of Fisheries office in San Diego, however, most people purchase them through their local fishing and tackle store or Mexican Insurance dealer. If you receive your application from the Department of Fisheries office, upon completion, applications should be submitted to:

Mexico Department of Fisheries, 2550 5th Avenue, Suite 101 - San Diego, CA 92103
The office is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 2:00 pm to answer any questions. The phone number is (619) 233-6956.

Applications sent to this address must be accompanied by a cashier's check or money order for the exact amount due, and made payable to Oficina Recaudadora de Pesca; personal checks are not accepted. For mail orders, be sure to include a stamped self-addressed return envelope.

 

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