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Fishing in Ensenada

Just 60 miles south of the border, the “Cinderella of the Pacific” is well worth checking out. Ensenada is a real gem on the California coastline, and even attracts plenty of cruise ships. Ensenada fishing charters may even have you fooled for one of these vessels, as the stunning offshore sportfishing boats promise luxury in abundance! Come aboard and discover the high life, along with the riches of the All Saints Bay and Pacific Ocean.
 
While you may feel a million miles away from San Diego, the fishing scene in Ensenada offers up all the same favorites. Head out to the bay and get your hands on beauties such as Calico Bass, Corbina, Sheephead, and Seabass. Hit the nearshore waters, and you’ll find Lingcod, Snappers, Groupers, Barracuda, Yellowtail, and a range of dazzling Rockfish. 
 
You’re also just a stone’s throw from the deep waters offshore. Here, you’ll find some of the best big game fishing on offer in the eastern Pacific. Billfish such as Marlin and Sailfish top the list of targets, while Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, and Albacore, Skipjack, Bluefin, and Yellowfin Tuna offer a delicious reward, too. Come and get your fill of action and meat!
 
Short trips to the bay are suitable for families and beginners, while the more adventurous can spend a full day on board. You’ll need the whole day to hit the deep waters, with the chance to spend days aboard a luxury vessel the ideal choice for anglers wanting to make the most of fishing in Ensenada. 

Rules & Regulations

Every angler over the age of 16 will need a Mexican sportfishing license, but some captains will provide yours for you. Get in touch with your Ensenada fishing charter beforehand to find out whether yours is included, costs extra, or if you’ll need to buy one prior to your trip.
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Ensenada Fishing Seasons

Ring in the new year with a fun fishing trip to Ensenada! January is a great month for hitting the reefs to bottom fish for Barracuda or staying in the bay to target Bonito and Kelp Bass.

Take your partner on a Valentine’s Day cruise in Todos Santos Bay. While you’re at it, troll a few lines and catch yourself some supper and enjoy a romantic dinner as the sun sets over the bay. 

Farewell winter and hello spring! March kicks off the sportfishing season with large numbers of Yellowtail coming closer to shore. You can also troll for Mahi Mahi, Barracuda, and Skipjack and Albacore Tuna!

Things really start to heat up offshore in April. Now is the time to pick a charter that will take you to the deep to target Mahi Mahi, Yellowtail, Skipjack, and the occasional Roosterfish.

The fishing continues to heat up offshore and more fish are thrown into the mix. Expect Mahi Mahi, Barracuda, Yellowtail, and Tuna in the deep. Closer to shore, you’ll find Corbina, Perch, Seabass, and Calico Bass. 

Offshore fishing will reap lots of great catches in June. Head offshore and go Tuna fishing for Yellowfin and Bluefin or stay within the bay to target White Seabass and Corbina. Your options are endless!

July is prime time. Tuna fishing is at its peak, as well as Mahi Mahi and Roosterfish. Marlin and Sailfish join in on the fun as well, so pick an offshore charter to take you deep sea fishing and get ready for an adventure!

August is a great time to target Striped Marlin as they tend to show up closer to shore. Other key species will include Albacore, Skipjack, Yellowfin, and Bluefin Tuna, so you can catch 'em all.

Target Jack Crevalle in the shallows or head just a bit further and catch Corbina, Seabass, and Roosterfish. Bluewater fishing will see you going after Mahi Mahi, Striped and Blue Marlin, Sailfish, and Tuna.

There's no sign of the fishing letting up, with Tuna in abundance offshore Inshore and nearshore trips are great in October as well. Plan a family trip with the kids and catch Croakers, Barred Perch, Corbina, and Seabass.

Offshore season winds to a close, but the bay is brimming with delicious fish. You’ll have the chance to target Corbina, White Seabass, Kelp Bass, and Barracuda, and there's still some Yellowtail further out. 

Things may have cooled down offshore but you can still target Yellowtail and the occasional Mahi Mahi. The Barracuda bite is still hot, so hit the San Miguel Reef for a fun day of bottom fishing.

Ensenada Fishing Calendar

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Top Fishing Techniques in Ensenada

  1. Deep Sea Fishing

Top Targeted Species in Ensenada

Yellowtail Amberjack

Yellowtail Amberjack

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Tuna (Yellowfin)

Tuna (Yellowfin)

Lingcod

Lingcod

Tuna (Bluefin)

Tuna (Bluefin)

Seabass (White)

Seabass (White)

Snapper (Cubera)

Snapper (Cubera)

Bonito

Bonito