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Fishing in Los Cabos

Los Cabos fishing – the stuff angling dreams are made of! There are few places on Earth that can match the line-melting action and Billfish galore that the southernmost part of Baja California has to offer. Well over 50 world-record-winning fish were caught in Cabo San Lucas alone, and that’s reason enough to give this extraordinary place a chance.

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With the Pacific Ocean on the left and the pristine Sea of Cortez on the right, the vast fishery of Los Cabos has the best of both worlds. Whether Marlin and Sailfish are your prey of choice, or if you’re an avid chaser of Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, and Tuna, Los Cabos has a whole fishing universe to offer.

Cabo San Lucas

As one of the top fishing destinations in the world, Cabo San Lucas is on the bucket list of all passionate offshore anglers. Here, the waters are teeming with mammoth specimens of Black, Striped, and Blue Marlin, which makes this the hub of billfishing tournaments. Cabo San Lucas fishing expeditions for these lunkers are very affordable, especially considering the glorious catch and the productivity of the fishing spots you’ll be prowling.
The Golden Gate Bank is a famous fishing spot where fishermen flock to land their next Billfish record. Santa Maria Canyon is one of the favorite hangouts of monster Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, and Yellowfin Tuna.

San José del Cabo

San José del Cabo is the underdog sibling of Cabo San Lucas that’s becoming more popular as people discover its immense fishing opportunities.The popular fishing grounds, Gordo Banks is very close to the shore here – the perfect spot for some first-class fishing. This is the place to be when you’re chasing Stripies, Blue Marlin, and Yellowfin Tuna, to name drop a few. Inshore action for Roosterfish, Groupers, Snappers, Yellowtail, and Jack Crevalle here is equally thrilling.

East Cape

If you prefer the peace of remote fisheries to the dynamic city nightlife, then you will love the East Cape. The crystal clear waters of the Sea of Cortez are home to all the offshore A-listers including Marlin, Sailfish, Tuna, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, and much more. East Cape also boasts amazing inshore and bottom fishing with huge Roosterfish, Snappers, Groupers, and Triggerfish. Go to Punta Arena to catch Blue and Black Marlin, Mahi Mahi, Tuna, Leopard Grouper, Snapper, and Triggerfish.

Fishing Tips

  • When you’re on the trail of predators like Mahi Mahi, Striped Marlin, and Roosterfish, use live bait.They won’t be able to resist it and once they hit it hard, you’re in for a proper fight.

  • To have most success when chasing Roosterfish in the East Cape, slow trolling with live bait can land you a 50-pounder.

  • Striped Marlin are most active in the winter months, because they prefer colder weather and waters, so their time to shine runs from November to April.


Need to Know

Some fish species around Los Cabos are available year round and whenever you pop by for a fishing vacation, you’ve got a good chance of reeling in something magnificent. Before you sample Los Cabos fishing, familiarize yourself with the fishing conditions and regulations.


Going fishing with a reputable fishing charter is a foolproof way to come back to shore with a cooler full of fish fillets. For maximum comfort, book an all-inclusive trip that covers your sport fishing licenses. Your guide will fill you in on all the catch limit regulations, and catch-and-release is always recommended.


The best thing about fishing in Los Cabos is that you can catch the most prized game fish without breaking the bank. Half day trips usually cost around $200–$550 for a group. If you’re more interested in full day expeditions, the prices will be in the $600–$700 ballpark. The all-inclusive, no-hassle charters will be on the more expensive side, while “bare boat” trips are more affordable – but you will need to buy your own license and bring food and drinks.

Getting There

Los Cabos International Airport is conveniently located midway between Cabo San Lucas and East Cape, making them both easily accessible after landing in this fishing paradise. If you’d like to test both fisheries, you will spend around two hours in the car, driving by the desert coastline that separates these two areas. But wherever you decide to cast your line, there’s no doubt about one thing – the spectacular fishing in Los Cabos will have you coming back for more over and over again!
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Los Cabos Fishing Seasons


The weather is mild and the fishing conditions are perfect for going after Striped Marlin, and the Sailfish bite is very good, as well. Sharks are active, as are Mahi Mahi and Wahoo.


The weather is fickle in February, so the fish could become unpredictable due to the cold water influx. Still, the Stripey and Sailfish action is excellent even when fishing relatively close to shore.


It’s sunny and warm, but not too warm – the perfect weather for a day of fishing. Inshore anglers will witness very good Roosterfish and Yellowtail action. You can find Swordfish  in the deeper waters  mainly in March.


Whether you’d like to hunt Roosterfish and Yellowtail inshore, or Sharks, Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, and Wahoo offshore, April is a great month to do it.


As the temperatures are rising, so is the fishing action. In May, the season of Bull Mahi Mahi starts, rivaled by the first-class Sailfish and Striped Marlin action. Inshore, Roosters party like it’s no one’s business.


It’s June, it’s hot, and here come Blue Marlin! Yellowfin Tuna is coming back to the warm Pacific waters as well, while Striped Marlin and Sailfish are biting like crazy.

The month will begin with the Stars & Stripes Tournament. Billfish galore combined with the abundance of offshore royals like Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Tuna, and Sharks make July exciting.

As Black Marlin pays a visit to Los Cabos waters, the Billfish family is complete and ready for Bisbee's East Cape Tournament. Roosterfish, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, and Yellowfin Tuna are all in the cards.


It’s still hot on the water, but storms are not an unusual sight in September. Still, that will not scare off Marlin and Sailfish, always lurking for their next meal.


October is the big tournament month. Three tournaments will take place in Los Cabos waters this month, Bisbee’s Black and Blue being the most popular one. As you can imagine, the fishing is extraordinary.


The month will begin with the WON Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot and it only gets better from there. Marlin are still abundant, as are Wahoo, Roosterfish, Mahi Mahi, Tuna, and Sailfish.


Striped Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, Mahi Mahi, and Wahoo are the superstars in December, as the temperatures cool down. Roosterfish and Sailfish are still inshore, hungry and waiting.

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Reviews of Fishing in Los Cabos

Half day with captain Juan
Joseph Z. fished with Cabo Sport Fishing - 28' Californian on March 11, 2020
Be ready to troll a while if you target marlin.
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!
5 hour morning trip
Mike C. fished with Sea Boy Sport Fishing on February 12, 2020
Big boats targeting Marlin means fishing all day for that one bite. I have much more rewarding trips on pangas, more fish and a good experience.
A great day with Captain Juan
Bill B. fished with Cabo Sportfishing Crew – Blue Tail on February 7, 2020
Read the reviews on Fishing Booker. Go out and enjoy the experience.
Full day trip with Captain Reese and first mate Ishmael
Ruben R. fished with El Budster Pride on February 2, 2020
Use fish Booker when looking to book a trip be careful there are a lot of people at the marina trying to sell fishing trips
Bringing in Dorado
William S. fished with Killer Hook Sport Fishing on January 10, 2020
Captain louis and Anthony are really awesome. Caught 12 Dorado and they wouldn't quit till we caught fish. We caught 9 mahi one morning and they shut down the port and had to quit early because of wind. They offered to take us out again to get our full day finished and we we caught three more huge Dorado. They are very easy going and go to any length to get you your fish.
Kokopelli Good 2 days fishing
Jeff B. fished with Daliken Sportfishing – Kokopelli 35' on July 31, 2019
Yes, Uber is a really great addition to Cabo, it use to be expensive getting around by taxi, now that is not a problem
Two full day trips
Kyle T. fished with Ursula Fishing IV - 34’ Crystaliner on July 24, 2019
bring sunscreen, a good book and some patience... It is offshore fishing "Not Offshore Catching". You will get the bites, just enjoy everything around you for what it is. Blue water good friends and family. When the bite happens, be ready, listen to the crew and captain. HAVE FUN

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