Cabo San Lucas Striped Marlin Fishing Charters

Cabo San Lucas Striped Marlin Fishing Charters

Best Striped Marlin Fishing Charters in Cabo San Lucas

Cabo San Lucas: 109 fishing charters available
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Striped Marlin Fishing in Cabo San Lucas

Striped Marlin
  • Size 40 to 130lbs
  • Food Value Low
  • Game Qualities Excellent
  • Habitats Offshore

(Kajikia audax)

The extraordinary Marlin fishing Cabo San Lucas is famous for attracts avid Billfish chasers from all over the world. Marlin favor these pristine waters year-round, which justifies the city’s title as “the Marlin capital of the world.” 
 
Though you can hook gigantic Blue and Black Marlin in these prolific fishing grounds, Striped Marlin are the ones who steal the spotlight. You can find these majestic fish only a couple of miles from shore, and they won’t shy away from showing off their stripes, either. What they lack in size compared to their Blue and Black cousins, Stripies make up for in number – you can reel in up to a dozen on a full day fishing trip if you choose the right spot.
 

Where To Go

 
Cabo San Lucas is the crowning jewel of Mexico’s Baja California with its sapphire blue waters, breathtaking sunsets, and more amazing fishing spots than you can explore in a lifetime. Because the city is conveniently located at the intercept of the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez, you can find migrating Marlin here any time of the year, passing to the sea from the Pacific.
 

Whale Head Point

The beautiful Los Cabos Marina is the main departure point, and from there, you usually don’t have to travel too long to get where Striped Marlin like to hang. Whale Head Point (Punta Cabeza de Ballena) is one of the best spots to target Striped Marlin, and you’ll find it just 4 miles from land.
 

Gordo Banks

Gordo Banks is one of the reasons why Cabo San Lucas got its good name. These productive grounds are nested about 10 miles from the coast, and if you wet your line here, chances are, you’ll find a Striped Marlin at the end of it quite soon. 
 

1150 Bank

If you’d like to venture further out, 23 miles from the marina you’ll find the renowned 1150 Bank in the Sea of Cortez. Striped, Blue, and Black Marlin often come here to feast, and this is exactly where you can hook one after the other when using live bait, which causes them to school and feed.
 

San Jaime Bank

San Jaime Bank is another fishing gold mine, located right next to the Tinaje Trough which measures 3,500 feet deep. With seamounts providing plenty of food and shelter, and the underwater current pathway that is a magnet for hungry pelagic monsters, this is the place to be when you’re hunting both Striped and Blue Marlin.
 

Santa Maria Canyon

If you ask local fishermen where they like to go for excitement on the rod, Santa Maria Canyon will definitely be one of their top picks. Because it’s only 9 miles from the sandy Santa Maria Beach, this Marlin honey hole is convenient to explore and it keeps on giving.
 
It’s always a good idea to go fishing with a knowledgeable guide, and there are many excellent Cabo San Lucas Marlin fishing charters to choose from. The local captains have their tricks and secret spots that will put you on some serious line melting action.
 

How To Fish

 
  • Striped Marlin can sometimes be picky about their food, and one of the best ways to attract them is with squid teasers. It’s important to know they won’t take the bait if it’s close to the boat, so use outriggers to widen your spread while trolling at a speed of up to 9 knots.

  • The winning combo when you’re going after Stripies is to use Petrolero and Mean Joe Green lures. Because they’re so productive, these lures are among the locals’ favorites.

  • If you want to get a taste of the Marlin fishing Cabo San Lucas has to offer in spring, you’ll have the biggest chance of success using rigged ballyhoo while trolling.

  • Sight casting is one of the favorite fishing techniques in the area, because Striped Marlin usually stay close to the surface while looking for their next meal.

 

When To Go

 
The beauty and advantage of Cabo San Lucas is that you can come any time of the year, and reel in at least one Striped Marlin. Thanks to its optimal location and great weather, fishing in the area is fantastic whenever you decide to come.
 
Striped Marlin is the unofficial symbol of Cabo precisely because you can go after it anytime from January to August and enjoy the stupendous drag-singing action. Other months are also productive, but winter months are the time for a stellar fishing expedition. Colossal Blue Marlin pass through these warm waters between July and the end of September, while Black Marlin stick around from July until December.
 
The Cabo San Lucas fishery is all but legendary, and Striped Marlin are the heroes. Prepare yourself and head out to experience some of the best fishing areas our planet has to offer.
 

Cabo San Lucas Striped Marlin Fishing Seasons

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Seasonality

Striped Marlin fishing in Cabo San Lucas varies slightly throughout the year. High season is January to July. Low season is August to December. There is no closed season.
Cabo San Lucas
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What anglers said about Striped Marlin Fishing in Cabo San Lucas

Not too bad if you are looking for mahi mahi and rooster Size can be matter but still You will catch them
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Not too bad if you are looking for mahi mahi and rooster Size can be matter but still You will catch them
JUN  H.  P.
JUN H. P.
Be aware that parking can be challenging! If you can get a shuttle or ride-share, I would recommend it.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Be aware that parking can be challenging! If you can get a shuttle or ride-share, I would recommend it.
Jason  W.
Jason W.
Make sure you take steps to avoid motion sickness. Weather was great, but large swells. You don't want your trip ruined by a qweezy stomach.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure you take steps to avoid motion sickness. Weather was great, but large swells. You don't want your trip ruined by a qweezy stomach.
Michael  B.
Michael B.
El Patho is a really lucky boat with many years in cabo!! Kiss a coin and throw it in the water as soon and the lines are out! Pay for the fish and they will come!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
El Patho is a really lucky boat with many years in cabo!! Kiss a coin and throw it in the water as soon and the lines are out! Pay for the fish and they will come!!
Milton  V.
Milton V.
Make sure you are OK seasickness wise, take appropriate meds. Plus highly recommend a large hat to keep sun off. Also of course sunscreen you are at the Tropic of Cancer sun is very strong. Bring plenty of water etc and snacks.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure you are OK seasickness wise, take appropriate meds. Plus highly recommend a large hat to keep sun off. Also of course sunscreen you are at the Tropic of Cancer sun is very strong. Bring plenty of water etc and snacks.
Greg  M.
Greg M.
If you want to catch Marlin, recommend whole day booking in November so that you go further out to reach the Marlin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you want to catch Marlin, recommend whole day booking in November so that you go further out to reach the Marlin
Mitchell  J.
Mitchell J.
The Mahi are here crazy thick this time of the year! If you want marlin you have to go 25+ miles off shore and we were catching Mahi 10 minutes from the Mariana
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The Mahi are here crazy thick this time of the year! If you want marlin you have to go 25+ miles off shore and we were catching Mahi 10 minutes from the Mariana
Austin  F.
Austin F.
November is a very good month for beginners to get settled into catching Mahi Mahi. It is an excellent fighting fish that are small enough to figure out the basics of angling offshore. And one of the tastiest fish of all... Take your catch to Captain Tony's and have it prepared 3-5 different ways on the menu.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
November is a very good month for beginners to get settled into catching Mahi Mahi. It is an excellent fighting fish that are small enough to figure out the basics of angling offshore. And one of the tastiest fish of all... Take your catch to Captain Tony's and have it prepared 3-5 different ways on the menu.
Daniel  E.
Daniel E.
Go with the flow. Listen to the Capt. and the deck hand and enjoy the ride.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go with the flow. Listen to the Capt. and the deck hand and enjoy the ride.
Jeff  S.
Jeff S.
Unless you go to the finger banks, which are about 40 to 50 mile offshore, you are not guaranteed a Marlin. If that is the species, you’re after, prepared to have patience, and the money to go out that far.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Unless you go to the finger banks, which are about 40 to 50 mile offshore, you are not guaranteed a Marlin. If that is the species, you’re after, prepared to have patience, and the money to go out that far.
RAFIK  A.
RAFIK A.
Be sure to communicate with your captain exactly what you want to get out of your trip for the day.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be sure to communicate with your captain exactly what you want to get out of your trip for the day.
Louis  P.
Louis P.
If possible, try different boats and Captains. If at all possible, talk with the actual Captain beforehand for accurate and realistic plannng. FishingBooker twice used ineffective middlemen versus communication with the actual Captain (who will make or break your experience).
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If possible, try different boats and Captains. If at all possible, talk with the actual Captain beforehand for accurate and realistic plannng. FishingBooker twice used ineffective middlemen versus communication with the actual Captain (who will make or break your experience).
Mark  H.
Mark H.
Bring an extra hat or sunscreen lol wind took my to davie jones locker quick everything was good boat ran good they have a cooler bring ice or buy it at the docks for a bit more
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring an extra hat or sunscreen lol wind took my to davie jones locker quick everything was good boat ran good they have a cooler bring ice or buy it at the docks for a bit more
Nolan  U.
Nolan U.
Yes, this is a great trip for first time angler or more experienced folks. We targeted Dorado rather than marlin, but the boat is well set up for catching larger game fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes, this is a great trip for first time angler or more experienced folks. We targeted Dorado rather than marlin, but the boat is well set up for catching larger game fish.
Colin  T.
Colin T.
I definitely recommend the 8 hour trip. We were able to get way out into the water to target the big fish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I definitely recommend the 8 hour trip. We were able to get way out into the water to target the big fish!
Daniel  P.
Daniel P.
Wear sun protection and a sun fishing shirt , long sleeve , for cool comfort , not a cotton shirt. Ice is provided so bring your favorite drinks and food. Nothing like an ice cold drink on a hot day. This boat is wide and stable in swells , compared to other boats. Enjoy yourself and have fun !
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Wear sun protection and a sun fishing shirt , long sleeve , for cool comfort , not a cotton shirt. Ice is provided so bring your favorite drinks and food. Nothing like an ice cold drink on a hot day. This boat is wide and stable in swells , compared to other boats. Enjoy yourself and have fun !
Jackie  F.
Jackie F.
First time and inexperienced anglers fishing in Cabo San Lucas on a 22ft panga provides a very exhilarating experience. Any person that experiences nausua from motion or sea sickness may not enjoy fishing on a 22ft panga boat.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
First time and inexperienced anglers fishing in Cabo San Lucas on a 22ft panga provides a very exhilarating experience. Any person that experiences nausua from motion or sea sickness may not enjoy fishing on a 22ft panga boat.
Lennie  A.
Lennie A.
Take a face gator, Sun glasses, and lather up with sun screen. Not too hot in October but sun will eat you up. Be ready to take home fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Take a face gator, Sun glasses, and lather up with sun screen. Not too hot in October but sun will eat you up. Be ready to take home fish.
Jeffrey  D.
Jeffrey D.
For larger fish like marlin, you’ll want a full day so you can get further off shore.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
For larger fish like marlin, you’ll want a full day so you can get further off shore.
Nate  S.
Nate S.
Get ready to have fun! Don't set expectations too high because you never know, but with a little luck you will get something to remember.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Get ready to have fun! Don't set expectations too high because you never know, but with a little luck you will get something to remember.
Jennifer  B.
Jennifer B.

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