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Fishing in Baja California

Fishing in Baja California seems to have no limit! With offshore options in the Pacific, plenty of bays that attract smaller fish, and the unusually warm waters of the Sea of Cortez, it’s the ideal place for an angling adventure.

The beauty of fishing in Baja California is that you can come whenever you want. Charters in Baja California run throughout the year, taking you to the rich bays from Ensenada to the Pacific, or San Felipe gulf-side.

Big game trophies populate the deep waters offshore, while plenty of delicious and exotic creatures call the nearshore reefs home. Try trolling the open waters or bottom fishing the reefs for the best results.

If you’re looking to land that trophy catch, then come in summer to target Marlin, Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, and Tuna. Striped Marlin come as early as April, while Wahoo and Yellowfin Tuna can be found as late as November.

Beginners looking for their first catch, or avid anglers looking for a short fix, can fish nearshore in all seasons. Go after Yellowtails, Roosterfish, Mackerel, Seabass, and many other dazzling fish, as you look to test your skills and land a tasty treat.

Rules & Regulations

Every angler in Baja California requires a fishing license. Most charter operators will arrange yours in advance, but it’s always worth checking with your captain before coming aboard.

Your professional guide will know everything about licenses and bag limits, so he’ll make sure that you don’t take more than the permitted 10 fish per day back to shore. Just don’t be too disappointed when you can’t keep some fish, as limits on big game species can be stricter.

With such a range of options, Baja California is the ideal fishing destination. Come and battle it out with a range of prized fish and see for yourself!

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Baja California Fishing Seasons

Start the year with a splash and come to the sunny shores of Baja California for a nearshore fishing adventure. Yellowtails and Mackerel will provide plenty of light tackle entertainment, along with a delicious dinner.

With the holiday fever well and truly over, a holiday surely beckons. Why not head to Mexico, where you can escape the winter blues and get your hands on a range of delicious fish in the shallow bays.

There’s still some time to go before the fishing season hits its stride in Baja California, but you can definitely get some early practice come March. Test your bottom fishing skills on the reefs to land some exotic fish.

You’ll really feel things starting to heat up in April, as monstrous Striped Marlin start making their way along the Pacific coast and Seabass return to the nearshore waters. Wherever you head, there’s something going on!

The whole peninsula comes alive with avid anglers scrambling to get on a fishing charter. Big game fish start coming nearer to shore and even to the Sea of Cortez, giving you a wider range of fish to target.

As you reach peak season, it’s difficult to decide where to go on your Baja California fishing adventure. Exotic Roosterfish are aplenty nearshore, with the big game trophies starting to congregate offshore.

There’s no doubt that offshore fishing reigns supreme come the height of summer. Blue and Black Marlin join their Striped cousins, along with Sailfish and Albacore to give you the fishing trip of a lifetime.

Yellowfin Tuna join the offshore party, even making their way around the peninsula and into the Sea of Cortez. Follow these monstrous, delicious creatures and get your fill of meat to take back to shore.

While the kids may be back in school, there’s no sign of things calming down in Baja California. In fact, the fishing has never been hotter, as the offshore beasts and nearshore beauties fill the waters for your enjoyment.

Make the most of the last of the deep water fishing opportunities, before the pelagics make their way out of the Sea of Cortez and away from Baja California for winter. Don’t miss out on Marlin, Sailfish, Tuna, and more.

There’s only one star offshore if you’re looking for a deep sea fishing adventure. If Wahoo’s not your thing, then fear not, as plenty of exciting smaller fish pack the shallow waters nearshore to keep you entertained.

What better way to see out the year than with a vacation to the warm seas? Come to Baja California in December and get your hands on Jack Crevalle, Mackerel, and many more prized inshore creatures.

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Top Targeted Species in Baja California

Snapper (Cubera)

Snapper (Cubera)

Seabass (White)

Seabass (White)

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Bonito

Bonito

Yellowtail Amberjack

Yellowtail Amberjack

Grouper (Broomtail)

Grouper (Broomtail)

Spanish Mackerel

Spanish Mackerel

Tuna (Yellowfin)

Tuna (Yellowfin)