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Fishing in San Jose Del Cabo

Sitting on the very tip of the Baja California Peninsula, San Jose Del Cabo is surrounded by some of the most legendary fishing grounds on the planet. Sure, Cabo San Lucas might soak up most of the headlines, but San Jose Del Cabo fishing charters sit in the exact same waters and are actually better-placed for several top fishing spots.
And what spots they are! You can find four different Billfish tearing through the deep canyons offshore. Most of the year, you even have a chance of hooking them all in one trip! It’s not just Billfish, either. Wahoo, Tuna, Mahi Mahi, and huge pelagic Sharks patrol the bluewaters just a short boat ride away.
So it’s just big game fishing? Oh heck no! Baja’s inshore angling is incredible, with Snook and Roosterfish to rival the best even Costa Rica can muster. Throw in some world-class food fishing for Snapper, Grouper, Yellowtail, and Amberjack, and you’d be a fool to go anywhere else.

Fishing Spots

You’ve got a lot to cover if you want to make the most out of your time in Baja. With that in mind, let’s jump right into some of the best spots around. There are a ton of them to choose from, but here are a few of our favorites.

Santa Maria Canyon

Santa Maria Canyon has to be your first stop when fishing in San Jose Del Cabo. Why? Because it’s so close to town you can see your hotel from a decent flybridge. The canyon sits less than ten miles from shore, and offers incredible big game action. Blue, Black, and Striped Marlin can all be caught here, as can huge Pacific Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, Yellowfin Tuna, and Wahoo. The only problem with being so close is that it can get very crowded in high season.

Cabrillo Seamount

The trick to getting the most out of your trip is to get as far away from Cabo San Lucas as possible. With that in mind, we give you the Cabrillo Seamount. Rising up 3,000 feet from rock bottom twice that depth, it really puts the “deep” into deep sea fishing. It may take you two hours to get there, but you’ll be rewarded with epic Marlin and Sailfishing. Most boats out of Cabo will be heading west if they’re going this far, so it has much lower fishing pressure.

Vinorama Bank

Continuing the theme of “escape the Cabo crowds” is Vinorama Bank. Tucked 20 miles into the Gulf of Cortez, this is actually one of several banks you can hit in the area. The Marlin bite isn’t as good here, but it has the best food fishing around. Snapper, Grouper, and Amberjack sulk in the depths while Yellowtail, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, and Tuna tear through the topwaters. You’d better empty the freezer before heading out here.

Local Beaches

But let’s reel things right back in for a minute. Did you know that Baja California Sur also has great inshore fishing? Roosterfish, Jacks, Snook, and Sierra Mackerel can all be caught along the local beaches. The trick is to find a spot where there’s no-one around, as by law you can’t fish within 250 meters (820 feet) of swimmers or beach-goers. Hiring a local panga charter can save you hours of setting up and setting down whenever a tourist walks onto the beach.

Fishing Techniques

They didn’t invent trolling here but they sure have perfected the art. San Jose Del Cabo sport fishing charters will show you trolling techniques you never knew existed. Live bait, dressed bait, lures, teasers, chum-and-gun speed-trolling – you name it, there’s someone doing it right as we speak. 
Ballyhoo are the go-to baitfish when trolling offshore. Because why settle for second best when you’re sitting on the world’s most productive Marlin fishery? You can catch plenty of Bonito if you prefer bridled baits, and most bigger boats have tuna tubes to keep them fresh.
If you looked at that long list of species up there and all you could think was “fly fishing” you’re not alone. Whether it’s Snook and Roosterfish along the shallows or Sailfish and Marlin out at sea, the area is a playground for fly fisher, and there are plenty of fly fishing specialists operating in the area. 
And there’s so much more you can do. Kite fishing for Sailfish, vertical jigging for Snapper and Grouper, chunking for Tuna and Sharks. The waters are so rich with fish and so famous with anglers that you can enjoy pretty much any technique you can think of. OK, maybe not Catfish noodling, but let’s be reasonable here!

Need to Know

You’ll need a Mexican sportfishing license to enjoy any of this epic action. Some charters provide these, some don’t. They only cost around $25 for a week, though, so it may be worth buying one just in case. Most local guides prefer catch & release for Billfish. They’re proud of their local waters and understandably want them to stay exactly how they are.
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San Jose Del Cabo Fishing Seasons

If your new year's resolution is to catch the biggest fish of your life, you're starting things well visiting San Jose Del Cabo. Marlin are always here and there are plenty of guides to get you on one... or ten!

Spend the day battling huge Striped Marlin offshore then head back to town to enjoy amazing live music at the San Jose Jazz Weekend. Things don't get much better than this.

The Fiesta de San Jose celebrates the town's patron saint in style, with two full weeks of festivals, processions, music, and dancing. If it gets too much, you can always escape offshore.

Apri's a great month to head into the Sea of Cortez in search of food fish. Snapper, Grouper, Amberjack, and Yellowtail are all in season and are biting like crazy on the reefs and banks.

Baja California Sur's inshore action explodes in May. Roosterfish, Snook, Jacks, and Mackerel can all be caught this time of year. Jump aboard a local Panga and head out in search of remote beaches.

The Stars & Stripes Striped Marlin Tournament signals the start of the real big game action. Sure, you can find Billfish all year round here, but from now on you've got four at once!

Black Marlin have finally caught up with their Blue and Striped Cousins, and all three species are on fire offshore. You've also got Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, and Yellowfin Tuna. Fish on!

The first of the Bisbees Tournament Series kicks off at the beginning of August with the East Cape Offshore. The series brings together the world's best anglers to compete for millions of dollars in prizes!

As the year goes on, the big game bite just gets better and better. Inshore, things are just as good, with some of the biggest Snook and Roosterfish you'll ever see in your life.

The Bisbees Black & Blue and Los Cabos Offshore Fishing Tournaments dominate the Cabos. You'll be lucky to find a hotel, let alone a fishing charter. It's well worth checking out if you're in town, though.

The Bisbees may be done for the year, but tournament season isn't over quite yet! The Los Cabos Billfish Tournament keeps the action going, with huge hookups and serious competition.

December is possibly the best time to visit San Jose Del Cabo. Every major gamefish is on form and the temperatures are low enough to enjoy the action. Take your pick and enjoy!

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What People Are Saying About San Jose Del Cabo

"Full Day Trip with Hollywood"

Steve H. fished with Daliken Sportfishing on March 8, 2020

Keep an open mind, don't let what you want to catch, versus what you do catch determine the quality of time on the water. Because, remember, its all about the tug!

"Half a day with captain Hollywooooood"

Fouad H. fished with Daliken Sportfishing on July 15, 2019

Water was cool and calm, fish were not that aggressive. Got lucky with the crevalle jacks, most Hollywood setting everything up well

"If you are considering Fishing in Cabo, the only answer is Sea Señor "

Jason J. fished with Sea Señor Sportfishing on July 15, 2019

July is a hit or miss month, the end of the month is better than early. Surge and Temp will make a difference.

"Fishing with Jaime"

David R. fished with Daliken Sportfishing on June 29, 2019

Understand the basics of a sea rod and how to reel in a fish, otherwise expect a long trip with no fish. Captain can help you out with reeling it in, but may not know enough English to explain the concepts if you are a complete beginner.

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Top Targeted Species in San Jose Del Cabo

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)



Marlin (Blue)

Marlin (Blue)

Tuna (Yellowfin)

Tuna (Yellowfin)



Snapper (Cubera)

Snapper (Cubera)