Fishing in Cabo San Lucas: All You Need to Know

Nine yellowfin tuna, four over 150 pounds and the others around 100 pounds, in one day, for two anglers fishing within two miles of the shore. Repeat that for three days and you have a fishery unequaled anywhere.” – Zane Grey, Novelist


That is how Zane Grey, master storyteller and arguably one of the most prolific anglers of all times, described the piscatorial potential of Cabo San Lucas in his bestselling book, ‘Tales of Fishing Virgin Seas’, first published almost a hundred years ago. To anyone lucky enough to have experienced these waters firsthand, it should come as little surprise that the southern tip of Baja California and the Mexican Pacific in general has a longstanding tradition of leaving the visiting fisherfolk breathless, no matter how rich or auspicious their fishing rolodexes up until that point.

Much has changed in the region since the days of Zane Grey’s yellowfin frenzies, when the only way to reach Baja and its coveted spots was by setting sails and venturing south aboard your own vessel. An army of roads, airports and hotels quickly transformed Mexico into one of the hottest vacation spots in the world, and you would be hard-pressed to find many similarities to what the country looked like in the 1920s. However, the peerless veteran sportfishing grounds of Cabo San Lucas remain virtually unaltered, gleefully withstanding not only the test of time but the endless schools of anglers as well, still migrating to its welcoming shores year after year. Nobody does fishing quite like Cabo, and we’re about to show you why.

Fishing Regulations in Cabo

The waters of the Mexican Pacific herd an impressive diversity of both offshore pelagics and bragging-size game fish flaunting in the bays, but before any grander fights or screaming reels, you’re going to need a fishing permit. A valid Mexican Sportfishing License is considered mandatory for any non-resident 16 years or older aboard a vessel, regardless of the type of fishing in question; roosterfishing inshore, deep dropping for snapper or overnight Marlin runs all fall under the same set of rules put forward by the good people at Conapesca (Mexico’s equivalent of Fish and Wildlife Commission).

If you’re booking a fishing charter rather than operating the boat yourself, there’s a solid chance your Captain does cover the licensing for the entire group, and simply integrates the extra cost in his overall package prices. In my personal experience, I’d say about 60% of the Captains operate under that model, with the rule of thumb being that pangas and smaller boats prefer you take care of the permits yourself. This rings true for most quality Mexico fisheries, from Puerto Vallarta to Playa Del Carmen.

To avoid any unpleasant surprises on the day of the trip, make sure you double check with your captain beforehand. If the license is not included, you can easily purchase it online in a matter of minutes, by filling out this form. The permits will set you back about 8$ per day, 21$ per week, 31$ for a full month or 42$ for an annual fishing license.

Fishing from the shore, however, does not require any documentation whatsoever, with the only restriction being that you must practice your cast at a safe distance of at least 250 meters away from any swimmers.

As for other regulations you’re likely to find useful, only a single rod in the water is allowed per person, with no restrictions pertaining to any replacement items. For bottom fishing, you may use as many as four hooks on a solo vertical line.

Bag limits

A daily bag limit in Mexico is ten fish per person, with a few exceptions that make the matters a bit more interesting. Get your calculators out: no more than 5 specimen of a single species can be bagged, and only one Billfish (Marlin, Sailfish, Swordfish) is allowed per angler, which will count as half of your daily limit. In a similar fashion, you can’t boat more than two Mahis, Roosterfish, Tarpon or Shad, which also amount to half of the daily limit.

So basically, although up to 10 fish can hypothetically be landed in a single day (depending on the variety of species caught), you can also limit out by catching a single Marlin and two Dorados, or hooking a Sailfish and a Swordfish.

Of course, no actual limits are set on the practice of catch and release, as long as the fish departs from your boat in a reasonable survival condition. You should also be aware that, regardless of the regulations, most Captains take conservation issues such as this one very seriously, and will insist on releasing any and all Billfish (and often Roosterfish) caught aboard their vessel. The entire Los Cabos area is extremely progressive on the matter, with the overall billfish release rate currently estimated at about 95%.

Fishing in Cabo San Lucas

Sitting on the southern tip of the sun-bathed Baja California peninsula, no lengthy introduction is needed for this Mexico tourist heavyweight, world renowned for its pristine beaches, premium scuba diving locations and the beloved front page of endless travel brochures – the El Arco rock formation.

This is where the Sea of Cortez caresses the Pacific Ocean and all hell breaks loose at the other end of your line, but we’ll get to that in just a moment. Because as it became vividly clear during the daunting events of September 2014, the real reason why Cabo became the revered sportfishing giant it is today lies not just in its prolific fishing grounds, but perhaps even more so in the devotion and resilience regularly displayed by the local fishermen, captains and charter owners, intrepidly committed to their home fishery no matter the circumstances.

Hurricane Odile


On September 14th, 2014, Cabo San Lucas was center-punched by the strongest storm to hit Mexico in the last 80 years. Hurricane Odile took no prisoners, pretty much destroying everything in its path and setting Los Cabos on a painful road to recovery, as it seemed it would take years before the city would be able to welcome its tourists with open arms once again. The marinas and local fishing fleets were naturally among the ones hit the hardest, with many vessels suffering irreparable damages, threatening to completely shut down the city’s upcoming angling season.

This utterly depressing state of affairs lasted for about…6 days. A week after Odile, we started receiving word from the local Captains that they were already back on the water running fishing trips, and that the bite has, in fact, never been better! The first fishing reports came only days after the hurricane, while sections of the city were still lying partially in ruins.

The entire town was fully reanimated in record speeds, and as it would later be reported, it was the fishermen who came back to work first, which pretty much sums up all you need to know about the dedication to sportfishing the local crews are famous for.

Species, Seasons, and Techniques

When most people think fishing in Cabo, the first image that comes to mind is usually that of a grander Marlin leaping with your bait, frantically slashing the teaser with its bill and rooting you tightly to that chair, as the next several hours turn into an ultimate showdown of stamina and skill. And no doubt is there a pretty good reason for that; the city is home to the highest-paying Marlin tournament in the world, and countless billfish record books had to be revised thanks to these very waters.

However, just as fishing the Riviera Maya is about much more than just Bonefish and Permit, it would be unjustly shortsighted to limit Cabo’s fishing capacity only to its deep sea potential, without crediting a robust inshore fishery that happily coexists with the city’s billfishing grounds. Read on to find out exactly what makes Cabo San Lucas one of the most well-rounded fishing destinations in the Pacific.


Deep Sea Fishing

You name it, it’s in these waters. The entire Los Cabos area is rife with just about any trophy pelagic, and the bite never so much stops as it merely switches between species depending on the time of year. As you probably already know, Cabo has long been dubbed the ‘Striped Marlin Capital of the World’, and boy has it got numbers to prove it.

This Striped Marlin lived to fight another day (Read report)
This Striped Marlin lived to fight another day


Back in 2007, a regular two-day deep sea excursion ended with 330 (yes, that zero is in fact supposed to be there) striped marlin being released by the group. A year later, five casual anglers ended up letting go of 190 stripers over the course of a day of fishing. Now, reports like these are obviously more of an exception than the rule, but on the other hand, how many fisheries do you know where these types of trips are even an exception?

Catching a Striped Marlin is an extraordinary experience in its own regards, as the nimble fish typically gets so excited it starts pulsating with vibrant colors down the sides of its body, something veteran striper anglers refer to as ‘lighting up’ a Marlin. Stripers can be caught virtually all year round, although peak season does run between months of November and March. According to Jack Vitek, IGFA’s World Record Coordinator, he picked Cabo as one of the best Marlin fisheries in the world.

Trolling with live bait is a method of choice, while most captains insist (and if they don’t, you certainly should) on using circle hooks for landing the fish, as it does less damage and allows the creature to live to fight another day. Fly fishing for stripers is becoming an increasingly popular activity, as little can seem to compare to catching a Marlin on the fly. The fish can grow up to 300lbs, with an average-sized Marlin weighing in at about 125lbs.

The offshore waters of Cabo San Lucas are prolific with a slew of other Billfish species as well: one of the fastest swimmers in the ocean, the Pacific Sailfish (locally known as Pez Vela) migrates through the area between January and March, with the majority of Sails caught falling in the 80-100lbs bracket. Blue and Black Marlin typically arrive between July and October, and are mainly pursued on the Pacific side of the peninsula, as they congregate around hotspots like the Golden Gate and San Jaime Bank.

Most Blues landed in Cabo San Lucas are males between 250 and 350lbs. Fly fishing for a ‘grander’ Black Marlin (over 1000lbs) is obviously not feasible, however you might want to keep an eye open for ‘rats’ –  Blacks in the below-200lbs class. Concentrations of these fly eaters have been spotted around Cabo several times before, so fly enthusiasts – take notice.

Fishing in Cabo San Lucas: Mahi Maddness aboard Samurai (Read Full Report)
Mahi Maddness in Cabo

Other Pelagics

Other than Billfish, summertime in Cabo is also a perfect opportunity to catch up on your Tuna and Dorado fishing. Yellowfins average between 8 and 30lbs, but monsters in excess of 200lbs have been boated before. As any seasoned deckhand will tell you, look for the schools of diving birds – it’s the simplest method of finding your Yellowfin party for the day!

Mimicking Cancun‘s seasonality, Dorados are peaking in July and August, although you can only partially classify them as an offshore catch. Hungry Mahis are known to follow baitfish schools right into the shallows, so don’t be too surprised if your inshore trip ends with more than a few of these delicious specimen in the bucket. Everyone’s favorite bycatch, Wahoo are too patrolling the area during the Summer and Autumn months.

If there’s one thing you learn very quickly in the fishing business, it is that trolling for deep sea pelagics is not for everyone. Until something takes your bait, the experience is very much passive and even after the bite is on, the fight can often be too long and too exhausting. For those looking for a more interactive fishing experience or one not nearly as physically demanding, bottom and reef fishing is a perfect alternative.

Bottom fishing

A preferred option among bigger groups or families with kids, bottom fishing tends to be much more engaging and produce higher quantities of fish. Granted, the catch is likely to be much smaller relative to a Marlin, but kids love it all the same, and this way they get to raise the fish themselves, which is always immeasurably more fun. The rocky outcroppings of Cabo San Lucas are a great place for targeting the likes of Snapper (Cubera, Dogtooth and Red), Hogfish, Pargo, Roosterfish or Grouper, many of which will still not go down without a proper fight, as they’ll struggle to make their way back into the comfort of their lairs.

Inshore fishing

Small Rooster landed by crew of Captain Morocha
Small Rooster


While deep sea fishing remains very much the norm with travelling anglers visiting Cabo, exploiting the fertile and still under-employed inshore waterways has been picking up steam for a number of years now. By far the most coveted catch – the Pacific Roosterfish, or as the locals call it, Pez Gallo. A member of the Jack family, the Roosterfish is endemic to the temperate waters of the tropical Pacific, and can grow in excess of 100lbs.

The fish is an exemplary predator of the surf, best taken while herding schools of baitfish against the sandy beaches it so often dominates. Although it very well might just be part of the local fishing lore, many say there’s a higher concentration of Pez Gallo in the waters surrounding Cabo San Lucas than any other fishery on the planet, even Costa Rica – its strongest contender. Either way, there’s no denying that the fish is extremely fun to catch whether on the fly or light tackle, their dorsal fins violently erupting from the water at the sight of a well-positioned lure. Just as Cozumel is world-renowned for its perennial Permit fishery, the waters of Cabo are brimming with Roosters virtually regardless of the season. Still, although catches are commonly reported throughout the year, your fat Roosterfish reign in the summertime, with 80lbs+ specimen peaking during the month of July.

Sierra Mackerel (review of Sushi Time Charters)
Sierra Mackerel (landed by Sushi Time Charters)

Sierra Mackerel

Another champion of the shallows, Sierra Mackerel is a schooling fish best known for the explosive splashes it creates on the surface while hunting bait. The commotion draws the attention of various types of birds, which can often be used as natural fishfinders in your hunt for this tasty inshore warrior.

A typical leader is probably not going to last very long next to Sierra’s razor-sharp teeth, so wire is more than recommended. Another reason for the Mackerel’s massive popularity, it is often a main ingredient in ‘ceviche’, a famous seafood dish best served with a side of sweet potatoes, avocados or plantain, and seasoned with chilli pepper and citrus juices. Bon apetit!

Finally, Jack Crevalle, locally known as Toro (the bull) is perhaps one of the most overlooked inshore game fish in the area, putting up quite a battle when taken on the fly. December through July is primetime for Toro fishing, which usually averages between 7 and 20 pounds, although 30-pounders are commonly bagged on a good day. Much like offshore fishing, there’s no off-season for fishing the shallows either, as resident population of Black Skipjacks, Bonito and Rainbow Runners are bound to keep you busy on any day of the year.

Cabo Fishing Grounds

Cabo San Lucas offers an amazing blend of contrasting fishing opportunities, perhaps best described by a deceptively complex dilemma every boat is faced with when leaving the city’s shores in the morning: left, or right?

Yes, as the city lies perched on the very end of a 700-mile long Baja peninsula, a unique tactical decision needs to be made each day as to the actual physical direction of your fishing trip. Turn left, and you will be fishing in the prolific Sea of Cortez or the California Gulf, an enormous body of water rightly considered one of the most diverse and bustling marine ecosystems in the world. Home to over 5000 species of micro-intervertrebrates and countless schools of alluring baitfish (including shrimp, squid, herring, sardines and mackerel), the Sea features some of the most nefarious fishing banks this side of the continent, teeming with everything from Roosterfish, Pargo, Snapper and Amberjack to everyone’s offshore favorites such as Wahoo, Dorado, Tuna, Sailfish and Marlin.

Turn right, and you’ll quickly find yourself in the middle of an open ocean, where the inviting Pacific currents host many of the largest big game pelagics you will ever have a remote chance of boating, as undeniably proven by over 70 world records set and broken in these very waters.

To further illustrate the point, here’s a rundown of all the major hotspots located on both sides of the Cabo San Lucas marina, complete with the likeliest catch and game fish seasonality for each.

los cabos fishing grounds map

Turning left (Sea of Cortez)

Often referred to as the ‘World’s Greatest Fish Trap’, the Sea of Cortez is said to contain more than 850 species of fish as well as a healthy, resident population of some of the most coveted game species on the planet. There’s a wide range of hotspots in the gulf visited daily by fishing vessels from all parts of Baja, some of which remain a well-kept secret only known among the seasoned deckhands. Here’s the look at the most prominent fishing grounds off the east coast of Cabo San Lucas:

Gordo Banks


Appropriately dubbed the ‘Wahoo Banks’, this has traditionally been one of the most popular fisheries in all of Baja California. Doubling as a terrific snorkeling site and located as close as 5 miles from the coastline, this offshore gem can be divided into the Inner and Outer Gordo Banks, the former lying within easy reach of local pangas – sturdy (and cheap) open skiffs ranging in size between 20 and 28 feet, usually powered by outboard engines.

The Outer Gordo Banks (about 10 miles out) are renowned for some of the most productive seasons in the area, brimming with Wahoo, Yellowtail, Jacks, Pargo, Grouper, as well as Mahi Mahi, Tuna, Marlin and Sailfish. Peak migration times usually occur between April and November, but due to the area often being sheltered from the winds year-round (courtesy of the nearby Sierra Madre mountain), there’s pretty good fishing to be done during the off-season as well.

Santa Maria Canyon


A common gathering place for heaps of Dorado, Tuna, Billfish and more, the canyon of Santa Maria is located approximately nine miles off the coast, in between the 1150 Bank and the aforementioned Gordo Banks. Due to its proximity to Cabo San Lucas as well as the neighboring San Jose Del Cabo, the Canyon has long been a favored alternative for whenever the Gordo bite begins to dwindle, or the other banks get a bit too overcrowded with tourists.

1150 Bank


For those of you dead set on not coming home from Cabo without that grander story, the 1150 Bank lies 20 to 25 miles offshore, and sports a unique combo of marine features of both the California Gulf and the Pacific. A celebrated spot for both Marlin and Tuna fishing, the 1150 is regularly frequented by several species of Sharks as well, particularly the elusive Mako.

Vinorama Canyon


There’s much more than heavy-duty trolling for Billfish in the California Gulf waters, and nowhere is that more evident that places like the Vinorama Canyon. Situated northeast relative to the Gordo Banks, this canyon does require somewhat of a longer boat ride from the Cabo San Lucas marina, but it more than makes up for it in its prolific light tackle playground. Schools of Yellowtail mark the beginning of the year at Vinorama, with Dorado and Tuna taking over in the postseason. Reef fishing for the likes of Snapper and Grouper is a possibility pretty much all year round.

Turning right (Pacific Ocean)

It is exceedingly rare to find two distinctly unique yet equally productive fisheries, not just brushing each other but also breaching and conspiring, all in an effort to bring you the best of both of its worlds. Although you are unlikely to ever find a line clearly separating the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific side of the Baja peninsula, the disparities between the two are more than clear. Unlike the relative uniformity of fisheries along the Yucatan Peninsula, these bodies of water differ by a variety of climate and topological factors, including contrasting currents, mixed seasonalities, underwater structures and surface temperatures. Still, if there’s one thing they both have in common, it would have to be the never-ending sportfishing madness, evenly distributed on either side of Cabo. The best fishing grounds of the Baja’s Pacific side are as follows:

San Jaime Bank


The Tinaje Trough is a 3500 feet deep underwater canyon anchored between San Jaime and Golden Gate bank (next one on our list), creating a nourishing pathway between the two. San Jaime sits right next to the deepest portion of the Trough, featuring 3 seamounts which rise to within 150 feet. As any seasoned angler will attest, seamounts are really just another word for game fish bonanza, as these underwater mountains provide food and shelter for baitfish, attracting in turn all of the craving pelagics scavenging the area. Tuna (Skipjack, Bonito, Yellowfin) and Marlin aplenty.

Golden Gate Bank


Stationed north of San Jaime on the other end of the Tinaje Trough, Golden Gate Bank is often considered one of the best Striped Marlin hotspots in all of Mexico, with the striper bite traditionally red hot during winter and the early spring months. Fly fishing for stripers is becoming an increasingly popular technique in the area, so don’t forget to bring your favorite flies! Still, if it’s diversity that you’re aiming for, the temperate waterways of Golden Gate are just as profuse with Mahi Mahi, Skipjack and Yellowfin Tuna, as well as several other Billfish species.

The Lighthouse


Built all the way back in 1890, the abandoned Cabo Falso lighthouse was once thought to be the southernmost point of the peninsula, nowadays mostly being used as a reference point for the copious fishing grounds located nearby, ranging anywhere between 2 and 20 miles south from the historic landmark. Easily reachable from the Cabo marina, stocks of Dorado and stripers await just off the coastline, with Blue Marlin well over 500lbs reported as close as 13 miles offshore.

45 Spot and the Cardonal Canyon


6 miles west of the famous El Arco, the 45 Spot is positioned at the tail of a 600ft ledge of the Cardonal Canyon, accounting for some prolific seasonal fishing. The Cardonal Canyon’s sweet spots are in close proximity to the west themselves, where the ocean floor swiftly plunges to depths of more than 3000 feet.

Finger Bank


If you’re the type of person that finds the prospect of double-digits billfish action particularly appealing, you might want to check out the notorious Finger Bank. Although located upwards of 50 miles from the Cabo San Lucas marina, this bank is a quintessential Marlin fishery, often lighting up with hoards of stripers and blues during the winter-spring season. Still, given its relative remoteness and many angler’s natural desire to spend as much of their day fishing rather than reaching the grounds, many Captains find the trip to the bank unnecessary, thanks in part to the number of viable alternatives situated much closer to the shore (see:any of the above).

Got questions about fishing in Cabo San Lucas?

Don’t know which rod to bring, where to buy the best inshore lures in Cabo, or wondering about the best time to go after that Grander Marlin? Don’t hesitate to ask! We’re always just a phone call away from a few local captains that are more than happy to help you out.

39 Responses to “Fishing in Cabo San Lucas: All You Need to Know”

  1. Mike Nicolosi

    I was thinking about coming to fish with some clients in the fall. Typically how are the seas offshore. We are interested in trolling for marlin.

    • Dino

      Hi Mike,

      Fall marks the peak season for Blue Marlin and Sailfish, with lots of Blacks and Stripers sticking around as well! As you may know, Cabo was hit by a pretty big storm in the fall of last year, so I’m not sure I’d be able to give you an accurate prediction of the upcoming weather conditions just yet. What I can tell you, however, is that the waves are currently averaging about 1.5ft, with wind speeds between 5-10 knots, which is looking like a pretty standard forecast. Hope that helps!

  2. Jeremy


    Great blog.
    Very informative.


  3. Steffan

    Great write up!

    I have a guided surf fishing trip booked for May, but my wife wants to go out with the me and the boy for some inshore fishing maybe 4-6 hours max. Any recommendation of guides that will allow youngins on the boat, my son is only a year and a half?

    Out of curiosity is there any successful surf fishing on the pacific side of lands end?


  4. Brian Park

    What would be the most economic way to deep sea fish in cabo? I would like to plan out a trip for mid july as i will be in Monterrey for work, a quick plane ride away. I would need to rent rods but i do have my own reels as i deep sea fish off the coast of socal. Just one or two days in cabo then back home!

    • Cat

      Hi Brian, I’d recommend taking a look at Viviana II for a nice sport fishing boat with trips around the $500 mark, or for a cheaper option, Sushi Time run half day trips around $200. These prices are for the whole boat including gear so if you can find some people to split the trip with the price would go down considerably!
      Hope you have a great trip!

  5. Cameron

    I’m coming down in about two weeks. I fish almost every day in Southern California from both the rocks in my area and my skiff. I want to do a lot of surf fishing and ponga fishing. Any recommendations? I’m hoping to get some rooster fish from shore on the popper and maybe some mahi.

    • Cat

      Hi Cameron, thanks for your comment. There are a few options for pangas in Cabo, including the ‘Super Panga’ by the Charly Fleet. Take a look here. We’d recommend going out with a guide at the beginning of the trip and then using their local knowledge to get the best up-to-date tips for shore fishing. We hope you have a great time!

  6. Conor

    Hi – am thinking of a trip in October for billfish. Would you recommend Gordo banks or San Jaime / golden gate and how far of a run is it to both from the Cabo marina? Thanks!!

    • Cat

      Hi Conor,

      Well, the Gordo Banks are pretty hard to beat in terms of sport fishing in the area. They are about 22 miles northeast of the marina in Cabo, and are probably one of the most reliable spots in the area. That’s not to say the San Jaime and Golden Gate Banks aren’t worth fishing too – there’s fantastic fishing here for Blue and Striped Marlin, as well as a host of other species. Also, it’s only 15 miles north of the marina.

      If you happen to be interested in chartering a boat, why not take a look at what is on offer here?

  7. Randy

    I am going dec 12 th thru 22nd and am looking for other solo anglers to share several trips with. Anybody else interested?

  8. Andre green

    I’m headed to Cabo San Lucas mid-Late March and I was wondering what kind of tackle I should bring for the surf.

    • Cat

      Hi Andre,

      We’d recommend a 7-9 ft medium weight rod with a spinning reel. 30# line is best to tackle Cabo’s monsters. When it comes to lures, you should do well with a variety of metal lures and crankbaits, with surface poppers also getting some good action. Make sure to bring some wire leader – there are plenty of toothy fish out there!

      Have a great time!

  9. Jose n

    Hi, I’m going there on may just for 3 days, I would like some tips for surf fly fishing, any hint??

  10. Ray

    Questions regarding bringing bait from the US into Cabo. I would like to bring in frozen squid and frozen sardines– can I anticipate any problems?


    • Cat

      Hi Ray,

      While it is not possible to bring most meats to Mexico, from what I can find it seems like seafood should be allowed through without a problem. I would strongly recommend you consult your airline first, just to be on the safe side.

  11. Mike Danyko

    Ray, I’ll be visiting a resort very close to San Jose del Cabo and the marina there in early August. I am interested in doing some shore/surf fishing during my visit. I have not been able to find a store near by which rents shore/surf fishing pole for the week. Can you advise if you know of a store which rents fishing tackle. Any info will be helpful for trip planning.


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  13. Mick Farmer

    I am coming down to Cabo the last week of August 2017. My target fish is Black Marlin. Which ocean would be the best bet? The Sea of Cortez or the Pacific side? Also, which fishing spot would give me my best chance? Deep water canyons or shallow reefs?

    • Cat

      Hi Mick,

      Great choice of time of year! Both the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific have some excellent Marlin fishing spots, although you will usually find that the Pacific side wins in numbers of Marlin catches. You’ll want to be focusing on the deep banks and ledges. Try the famous Fingerbank if you have time for a long run offshore – it’s 50 miles out, so you’ll want to take a longer trip. The quality and quantity of fish are worth it, as you find it has less fishing pressure than the famous spots closer to shore.

      Hope that helps and that you have an amazing trip!

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  15. Andrew

    Hi, Looking to do some shore fishing in front of Playa Grande in a few weeks. What kind of lures do you recommend for dorado? What color lure and weight works best? Also, does shore fishing require a fishing license? Thanks!

    • Lisa

      Hi Andrew,

      Most Dorado are caught with trolling lures, like those used to target Billfish. If Dorado are hungry, they will eat pretty much anything, especially if it’s colorful and attention-grabbing. You could have luck with a wide variety of lures, for example rubber skirts, poppers or plugs. The weight is usually up to 1 oz, but some anglers prefer to throw lures 50% heavier than the rating. Just be careful with heavier lures, since Mahi-Mahi are wild jumpers!

      You will need to carry a valid Costa Rica fishing license, which you can easily purchase online. Make sure you have it before you make your first cast!

      Hope that helps,


  16. Richard Field

    It’s been eight years since my last trip to Cabo. I fished with a panga fisherman by the name of Carlos, lost his phone number. Silly question but was a great guy. Will be there in early January and want to go two or three days

    • Lisa

      Hi Richard,

      January is a great time of year to be fishing in Cabo. You can test your angling skills and battle with schools of Striped Marlin offshore or just test the waters close to shore for Roosterfish. Or perhaps even add Yellowfin Tuna to your list of potential catches offshore!

      You can take a look at charters in Cabo by clicking this link here: If you want some help with choosing a charter, you can contact our customer service at +1-888-395-2564 (USA) or +1-850-502-4257 (International).

      Hope that helps!


  17. Douglas

    I’m planning a trip to Cabo March 2018 with my wife. I’m interested to see if anyone would want to split an offshore trip to conserve cost.
    Email: [email protected]

  18. Gwyn Mannery

    We were reading up on the regulations with the san diego mexican fishing liscense folks and there was an article about a newly required fishing VISA. Does anyone know about this? Would we need one to surf cast/fly fish from shore? Gwyn

    • Cat

      Hi Gwyn,

      The visa regulation (FMM Tourist Permit) only applies to people fishing/traveling by boat offshore in Mexican waters, so you should be fine to fish from shore with your regular tourist documents.

      Have a great time! Cat

  19. Ann

    Planning a trip to Cabo May 16-18 2018 with my husband and checking to see if anyone wants to split an all day inclusive offshore charter to save on cost. Email: [email protected]

    • George

      Hi Ann,

      Thanks for your comment, and we’re glad to hear you’re planning a fishing trip in Cabo! You can find shared charters in Cabo on this page. If you need any help choosing, feel free to reach out to our Customer Service team by calling +1-888-395-2564 (from the US).

      Thank you,

  20. jaswant lal

    Is it legal to use casting nets in Los Cabos to catch mullet, sardines mackerel on the shoreline?

    • Stefan

      Hi, Jaswant, thanks for reading the blog.

      Unfortunately, I don’t have a definitive answer to that.

      I have found on several places online that casting nets are prohibited and I also haven’t seen any angler who actually does it.

      I would say that you should try fishing with long rods, and not with nets, just in case.

      If I find out something new, I will post it here.

      Tight lines,

  21. Chad Thomas

    I’m heading to Cabo in early October. I really enjoy Yellowfin fishing. Does the Cabo side or Sea of Cortez offer better tuna fishing? Also I am looking for a boat that know how to Target Tuna. Can you refer someone my way so I can book now.

    • Stefan

      Hi, Chad.

      Thanks for reading the blog.

      I gotta say, you chose the best month to visit Cabo. Yellowfin fishing in October is on fire!

      As for ‘Cabo vs Sea of Cortez’ – it’s a tough call. I’d say both, but if you have to choose, then first fish the Pacific side of Cabo, especially Golden Gate Bank. In case of choppy seas, Sea of Cortez is better. It’s sheltered and equally productive.

      I’d suggest you book a trip with Capt. Olter Schcolnick of Ursula’s Sportfishing Fleet.

      In case you’d like to see some other options, here are some other fishing charters which target Tuna in Cabo.

      Hope this helps.
      Let me know if you have any more questions.

      Tight lines,

  22. Federico


    Very nice and useful blog!
    I’m planning a couple weeks trip to Cabo San Lucas for the next early-mid April in order to hunt (anyway catch and release) the beautiful shortfin mako, hopefully a big female breeder!
    Is that time of the year right for that purpose? Are there better “season choices”?
    I’m also interested in the bareboat service (not before at least a couple of trip with a local skipper, maybe Sushi Time charter fit for that).
    Do I need a boat license for the bareboat trip, or is not necessary? Any other advice will be greatly appreciated…
    Thanks in advance for the kind attention and response!

    • Stefan

      Hi, Federico.

      Thank you for reading the blog and for the feedback. Much appreciated!

      You can catch Shortfin Mako from December through April in Cabo. They are pretty consistent throughout the season.

      What I recommend is to reach out to captains and ask them. You can do that through the ‘Contact Captain’ button. You will find it next to the captain’s name. Once a charter page loads, just scroll down and you will see a blue button. Captains will know what would be the best time to fish for Mako, as they have firsthand experience.

      As for the bareboat service: as you’ve said yourself, it’s good to first fish with a local skipper, so that you get a good idea what the water/fish/boat are. Bare boat in Cabo means that the price includes the crew, fishing tackle, and dock fees. You would need to take care of the bait yourself. Of course, just to be sure before the trip, I suggest asking the captain what exactly is included.

      When it comes to fishing licenses, you do need to purchase a fishing license. Some charters provide a fishing license, while other charters can sell you the fishing license onboard. Last time I checked the license was about $18 per person. For example, Sushi Time sell the fishing license, they are not included in the price.

      A general piece of advice: Cabo is a great fishing spot. There are many other fish species you can target, Striped Marlin, Wahoo, and Yellowfin Tuna in particular. This guide on fishing in Cabo has a lot of info which you can use when planning your trip. I suggest starting there.

      Hope this helps.
      Let me know if you have any more questions.

      Tight lines,

  23. George

    Curious to hear if a guy can rent a Panga or center console without a skipper or crew? I’ve fished Cabo 25-30 trips over the years and want to ‘do my own thing’.

    • Sean

      Hello George,

      Thanks for reading the blog.

      I’m afraid that our Captains don’t normally offer these kinds of trips. You are welcome to check if any of them would be able to arrange this, though. In this case, I would recommend contacting a few of our charter operators through their listing pages.

      Simply select the boat you like and click on Contact Captain in the lower part of their page. You should be receiving your reply within a day or two.

      Please feel free to let me know should you need any further assistance.

      Tight lines!


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