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Top Fishing Charters in Loreto

Fishing in Loreto

Superb Loreto fishing is one of the best-kept secrets of many sport anglers. With so many famous fishing spots all around Baja California Sur, this quaint town is often overlooked, at least by most. However, those who are familiar with the first-class action Loreto has to offer come back to it regularly to set a new personal record and create memorable fishing stories.

Top Catches

In the azure waters around Loreto, you can catch well over 800 fish species, thanks to the warm climate year-round. These bountiful fishing grounds are the playground of Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Sailfish, Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, Snapper, Grouper, and mighty Yellowtail Amberjack. But to fully appreciate just how good the fishery is, you need to test the waters yourself.


To hook Billfish in the Sea of Cortez, timing is crucial. Sailfish are prolific from June until the end of September, and sometimes they can even school in huge numbers around the boat just to snatch live bait. These gorgeous fish are some of the best fighters in the sea, and they come in various sizes. You can find Striped Marlin in the area in June and July, when the weather and the water aren’t as warm. Blue and Black Marlin are abundant from May until the end of September, and if you want a one-on-one fight with these majestic fish, using Tuna to lure them in is your best shot. Outriggers with cup-faced lures are very productive for landing Marlin during the summer run as well.

Mahi Mahi

If there’s one thing that fishing in Loreto, Mexico is known for, it’s the popular July Mahi Mahi (Dorado) run. This is considered to be one of the best Mahi Mahi fisheries on the planet, and it’s hardly a surprise. From May to December, these colorful predators are lurking for their next meal close to the surface, and they don’t shy away from live bait when they spot it. If you decide to troll around Punta Pulpito or Punta San Marcial, chances are you won’t be able to man all the rods, because all of them will be bending with a Bull Mahi Mahi at the end of the line. Mahi Mahi is the most beloved catch in Loreto, and often fishermen appreciate it more than catching Billfish, because it’s not only a strong fighter, but also delicious table fare.

Yellowtail Amberjack

Along with Mahi Mahi, Yellowtail Amberjack is the pillar of Loreto sportfishing, but compared to Mahi Mahi, going after the Yellowtail is quite a different affair. They prefer a cooler climate, so you have the best shot of catching a monster in the period between November and April. Like most Jacks, Yellowtail aren’t fond of surface feeding, and prefer the safety of the deep rocky structures. Winter winds make the usually calm Sea of Cortez rough to navigate, and when you pair that with the rocky, tackle-tearing environment, it’s easy to understand why catching a Yellowtail is a challenge. The good news is that you have plenty of fishing spots to choose from, and there are many Loreto fishing charters to lead the way. The all-time favorites include Isla Danzante and Isla Coronado, as well as the east side of Isla Carmen, where big Yellowtail come out to play.

Fishing Tips

  • The best way to find Mahi Mahi is to cast your line around floating debris and sargassum weed. This is where greedy fish come to feed and stalk their prey.

  • If you’ve come to Loreto to catch a Bull Mahi Mahi on a fly, use strong 10 or 12 wt rods, especially if you intend to go further offshore. Yellowfin Tuna might go for the same fly as Mahi Mahi, and then you’ll need your fighting hat on.

  • Use Zuker flat head lures to target Marlin and Sailfish, and Mold Craft Wide Ranges in different sizes (the 12” is the most popular). Troll with these at a speed of 7–9 knots and it’s only a matter of time before you get a hookup.


Need to Know

To make the most out of your Loreto fishing experience, hire a local guide to take you out. That way, you can focus on fishing and leave everything else in the captain’s capable hands. He can also fill you in on fishing regulations, so that you can cast your line without breaking the law.


The only thing you need to think about before coming aboard a fishing vessel is buying a valid Mexican fishing license. Fishing isn’t allowed without a license, but thankfully, it’s very easy to come by – purchase it online or buy it on your way to the fishing dock. You can take your pick of a daily, monthly, or annual fishing license.


To head out on an angling expedition with a local captain, you would need about $400 for a six-hour charter. The trips are usually all-inclusive, which means you get all the tackle, drinks, and snacks on board. If you’re a fly fisherman, then you should bring your own gear. Guides usually use pangas and super pangas when going offshore, but bigger vessels are also available to those who would like to splurge. On the bigger boats, six-hour charters can cost around $2,000 (for up to 10 people), while 24-hour trips are available at the price of up to $4,500.

Getting There

Quiet and pitch-perfect for an active vacation, Loreto is a destination that will surprise you with its beauty and variety. The great news is that the International Loreto airport is right at the town’s doorstep, which makes this angling hot-spot easily accessible for fishermen worldwide. The next closest fishing town is La Paz, 220 miles away, and you can get there after a four-hour drive. With its fusion of extraordinary fishing, laid-back atmosphere, and vibrant local culture, Loreto is the place to be when you want to explore Mexican fishing in its prime.


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Loreto Fishing Seasons

If you’re visiting Loreto in January, get ready to go after Yellowtail, which isn’t easy to catch, but that makes the experience more rewarding. Roosterfish, Snapper, and Grouper are active, as well.

The weather is fair, but the winds can be quite strong in February. Cooler waters are the perfect habitat for Bonito, Sierra Mackerel, Roosterfish, Snapper, and Yellowtail Amberjack.

It’s becoming warmer in Loreto, and the fishing landscape is slowly changing, but you can still reel in a good amount of Grouper and Snapper, and Yellowtail fishing is still going strong.

The spring is in full swing, which means that Mahi Mahi and Yellowfin Tuna are becoming more and more present. April is also one of the best months to go after Snapper and Grouper.
Come May, you can look forward to Striped, Blue, and an occasional Black Marlin roaming the surface hungry and ready to bite. If you want to land a Yellowtail, this is your last chance to do it.
Summer is here, and so are the ultimate catches that include Sailfish, Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, huge Roosterfish, and of course Bull Mahi Mahi. Choose your prey and head out!

It’s time for the “Fishin' for the Mission” Mahi Mahi tournament, and everything else you can think of is on the prowl as well. This means Sailfish, Marlin, Grouper, Snapper, Yellowfin Tuna, and Wahoo, to name a few.

Whatever you want to target in August, chances are you’ll be very successful. You can hook Sailfish and Marlin 5 miles from shore, Mahi Mahi is almost everywhere, and Tuna isn’t giving up, either.

Blue, Black, and Striped Marlin are in the cards, as well as Sailfish. There’s plenty of Wahoo cruising around, and Roosterfish with Snapper and Grouper are happy to gulp the bait, too.

Sailfish is slowly moving on toward the Pacific, but there’s still time to get your personal record in October. Mahi Mahi and Marlin are another frequent catch, along with Wahoo and Roosterfish.

This is the last hoorah for Yellowfin Tuna and Marlin, as they begin migrating to warmer waters for the winter. Mahi Mahi, Grouper, Snapper, and Roosterfish are the most popular prey.

In December, winds are picking up, the Sea of Cortez is cooling down, and so is the bite. You can still catch a bit of everything, and the fishery is excellent, just not as wild as during the summer.

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What People Are Saying About Loreto

"September fishing trip"

Rob C. fished with Outpost Charters: 40' All Inclusive on September 19, 2018

great captain and crew Froy and Ricky were great fun and knowledgeable would not hesitate to go agin we will book again in spring when we return to loreto.

"Full day with Jay"

Sean M. fished with Outpost Charters: 25' All Inclusive on June 27, 2017

Pay more for the bigger boat to go further out. It is worth it.

Top Targeted Species in Loreto

Yellowtail Amberjack

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)