Cabo San Lucas Marlin (Striped) Fishing Charters

Cabo San Lucas Marlin (Striped) Fishing Charters

Best Marlin (Striped) Fishing Charters in Cabo San Lucas

Top Marlin (Striped) Fishing Charters in Cabo San Lucas

Marlin (Striped) Fishing in Cabo San Lucas

Marlin (Striped)
  • 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 Marlin (Striped) Fishing Seasons

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Seasonality

Marlin (Striped) 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.
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Reviews of Fishing in Marlin (Striped) Fishing in Cabo San Lucas

8 HOUR TRIP IS THE WAY TO GO
Logan H. fished with Cabo Sportfishing Crew – Blue Tail on June 7, 2021
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Don't get drunk the night before if you think you MIGHT GET SEA SICK. SUNBLOCK AND SUNSCREEN ESSENTIAL
3rd catching the day
Antonio L. fished with BlueSea sportfishing on May 31, 2021
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
do ur homework n target when the fish u want to catch is in
Half Day AM fishing
Thomas K. fished with BlueSea sportfishing on May 4, 2021
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
The fishing was good in May. I have previously fished in Cabo San Lucas in January and that was better but May was also good.
A Great Day!
Jeff B. fished with Cabo Sportfishing Crew – Blue Tail on April 23, 2021
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Not sure if April is the best month, but it was certainly worth a shot.
All around excellent fishing experience
Jonathon K. fished with BlueSea sportfishing on April 6, 2021
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Great weather and some of the fish were biting. Not sure if you would come away with a trophy as I'm not expert, but you'll come away with something to eat and show, for sure.
Great day
Jerry B. fished with El Budster Pride on March 11, 2021
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Sunscreen and a cooler full of cold drinks
Great Day with Captain Johnny!
Tony S. fished with BlueSea sportfishing on March 7, 2021
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Know what is in season and what is biting while you are in town. It will help with your expectations heading in to the day.
Half day with captain Juan
Joseph Z. fished with Cabo Sport Fishing - 28' Californian on March 11, 2020
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Be ready to troll a while if you target marlin.

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