What would you recommend to anglers fishing in Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur for the first time?

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Perry Louie
Calgary, AB
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Went fishing with Cabo Sportfishing Crew - Blue Tail on April 5, 2019
It was Fun, 4 hours might be too short 8 was a long day. Its fishing you might hook up or you might not ! Saw a whale, had Pelicans and a sea Lion jump on the back of the boat to get at the live well where the bait was stored. We let him eat it, cause he was pretty big and grumpy.

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Michael Anderson
Cabo San Lucas, BCS
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Went fishing with Cabo Sportfishing Crew - El Pargo on March 14, 2019
The water was colder than normal for this time of year so the fish weren't as abundant. I guess they head out of the bay with cold water. However, we still had good action and caught what we were hoping for!

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Matthew Leon
Chicago, IL
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Went fishing with El Budster Pride on March 11, 2019
You get what you pay for....so if you want a sightseeing tour where you might catch fish go for pricepoint.....but if you want to catch fish with top notch fishermen and gear do a little research on who you're going with before booking......I wasted money trying to fish everyday on some pangas but I experienced broken gear poor equipment and disorganization

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Dean Venter
Omaha, NE
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Went fishing with El Budster Pride on January 12, 2019
Like all fishing, you have to be a little patient! If fishing in January, dress for some cool temperatures for the start of the trip at 7am, but it does warm up very quickly so dress in layers. If you are fishing with someone young or older or disabled, be aware that it can be physically challenging to land a bigger fish so they might need some help! I would also recommend going to the marina the day before so you can check out the location of the proper dock which will save time in the morning. I would also book the trip early on a website like this as the prices were cheaper and there was a discount on both the fishing and the price of the licenses which were being offered at the marina.

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Charles Catania
Palo Alto, California
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Went fishing with Phantom Fishing Cabo - Lisa on December 22, 2018
If the fish you want are a long distance get a boat that can get you there quickly. If you are planning on fishng close in Panga fishing should be an option, weather permitting. i have fished cabo since the 70's and some of my most enjoyable fishing trips in close are on small inexpensive boats. This trip we did go out a second time on a Panga for a half day and we had a better time and got a nice variety of fish. Cabo is not what it used to be because of the huge increase in fishing pressure and over built maddness. If partying is your thing the fishing is still decent.

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Matthew Adams
San José Del Cabo, BCS
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Went fishing with Viviana's Fleet - Viviana on June 24, 2018
It was an awesome weather day (very light wind, temp in 80s), but the fish were not cooperating on our half-day. My next trip I will certainly book a full day to get offshore and chase marlin / dolphin / etc - but likely another half day for rooster as well. My charter was lower cost for the half day, but license / bait were not included . . . I paid for those separately - not a big deal (very easy) but just be aware whether it is an 'all included' charter or not.

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Daniel Burden
Ames, Iowa
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Went fishing with Solmar VI Sportfishing- 31 ft Boat on February 24, 2018
Marlin, etc. in the Pacific ocean off the cape can be very rough. On the sea side it can be really calm. I would suggest that newbies who want to really make sure they see some action consider a trip up the east coast for sea bass, red snapper, rooster fish, etc. Next time, I may do that along with a marlin/dorado outing. We were staying at the new LeBlanc on the "5-star strip" Each day we saw whales off the beach and in the morning fishing boats hitting trevali and snapper just off shore from LeBlanc's beach-side seafood restaurant where we loved to have breakfast. If you are staying anywhere ocean- or sea-side and love wildlife, be sure to bring down a pair of decent binoculars. I am so thankful I remembered to pack my little Leicas that I take turkey hunting. The little 8X units were great for ospreys and seabirds on the beach, and whales and dolphins in the distance offshore that would have been hard to see without the optics. The locals wer gracious and wonderful. Service everywhere, alcohol and fine food was excellent. --=Dan. (Ames, Iowa, USA)

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Kenneth Moore
Brea, CA
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Went fishing with Solmar VI - The Dragón on October 24, 2018
End of Hurricane impacted the first day of our fishing experience...nothing caught and rough seas. Second day was more successful. (four people in our group caught 5 Dorado) Boat and crew were outstanding.

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Ian Walters
St. Catharines, ON
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Went fishing with Capt. Edgardo - Crazy Tuna 23' on September 24, 2018
1/2 a Gravol can be choppy at some times. lots of sun tan lotion, keep your feed covered and enjoy the ride lots to see out there Embrace the silence of fishing and leave the cell phones in the hotel.

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Lee Poston
Belmont, CA
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Went fishing with El Budster Pride on September 21, 2018
Bring small US bills to buy bait so you can give exact change. Bring sun protection and extra water. Maybe use ear plugs if you are sensitive to loud noises, the Diesel engine is running pretty loud all day.

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Rene Rios
Edinburg, TX
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Went fishing with Cabo Sportfishing Crew - Blue Tail on September 5, 2018
Do your research prior to booking. The most expensive isn't always the best! Out trip was $600 and worth every penny!!! All day and lunch was included. Book through this website only lost of people in Cabo will try to get u to book through the marina. Only book through the website.

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Robert Solosth
Cancún, ROO
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Went fishing with Cabo Sportfishing Crew - Blue Tail on August 30, 2018
It is a long day on the boat but to cover all the possible fishing options you must cover a lot of ground. August might have been a bit early for the best potential catching but the weather was great and the potential is always there

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Pat Mulligan
Cabo San Lucas, BCS
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Went fishing with Solmar VI - The Dragón on July 9, 2018
Don't use this charter. Many of the boats that went out at the same time as us caught lots of tuna and other species. On reflection it seems we never had a chance of catching anything so all we had was a loud and hot trawl around the waters of Cabos.

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Jason Devries
Mexico City, Mexico City
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Went fishing with Phantom Fishing Cabo - Lisa on July 9, 2018
Fishing is fishing... Sometimes a hit, sometimes a miss. Heard we were in prime season for nearly everything. Seen boats back in the harbor flying flags they caught a lot of different things, but we had caught only 1 tuna. A full 8 hour trip is very long with only a single catch.

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Mark Alexander
Cabo San Lucas, BCS
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Went fishing with El Budster on June 8, 2018
The cheapest price is not always the best deal. Shop around and look at the reviews. A big boat does not always mean big fish. You can catch Marlin from a panga if they are fairly close to shore. What fish are you after and how big of a boat do you need to get where they are?

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Larry Cross
Madison, WI
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Went fishing with Viviana's Fleet - Viviana IV on April 23, 2018
Yes. We caught fish. No complaints about any part of our day. We're experienced anglers and always enjoy a day on the water. I've been on much worse charters in high seas and breathing diesel exhaust andstill caught fish. This was much better. Nice clean boat, good captain and mate.

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Heather Williams
United States
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Went fishing with Phantom Fishing Cabo - Phantom on May 20, 2017
We had a great day but spent most of our time waiting for the fish to bite. Water was very rough and most everyone got sick. No fault of the crew, they worked very hard to put us on the fish. I noticed a lot of people at the marina caught fish, including marlin. Be realistic with your expectations and go with an attitude that you're going to enjoy Cabo's marine life and being on the water regardless of catching fish.

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Jason Leeper
Nixa, Missouri
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Went fishing with Solmar VI - The Dragón on March 12, 2018
I didn't catch a fish, but since they put flags up on the boats, showing what each boat caught, there was a lot of happy fishermen that day! Our resort room overlooked the bay and every day, I saw a lot of happy fishermen coming in.

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William Bullock
Cornville, AZ
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Went fishing with Solmar VI - The Dragón on March 5, 2018
Get it firmly straight right off the bat what you are expecting. They will otherwise do whatever they please - whatever will make them the most money - whatever is easiest for them. It's a shame but I feel that they use the language and cultural "barrier" to their "advantage".

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William M Hargest
Plymouth, Minnesota
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Went fishing with El Budster Pride on February 16, 2018
I absolutely recommend the fishing in Cabo San Lucas for first time anglers and seasoned anglers. Just be prepared with proper medications. The seas were 5 to 6 feet in the Pacific the day of our charter.

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Stuart Carl
Glendale, Arizona
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Went fishing with Fish On - Private Charters on December 24, 2017
go to where the fish are. were catching tuna as soon as we got to open water. would have stayed there longer and caught more tuna. went trolling for marlin after a hour of tuna fishing. no one's fault. just marlin where not bitting

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Francis X. Kenney
Newburgh, New York
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Went fishing with El Budster Pride on December 7, 2017
Just do it! Have fun.Read reviews about boats and captains.Walk around the Marina and look at the boats,gear &,talk to captains and owners.Work the price that you can afford.Most boats are willing to work out a deal that works for both.Some don't budge but not everyone.Remember not everyone is out to rob you.But do remember prices usually don't include bait

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Don Pedersen
Hayward, California
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Went fishing with Phantom Fishing Cabo - Lisa on October 26, 2017
Go to the Marina and look at the potential boat you are going to fish on. (Pictures from the web site are deceiving) Talk to the captains and have them explain what your experience is going to be. Talk to them about their cost and exactly what is included in the trip. Know what to expect before you BOOK!!!

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Chris Kuennen
Brentwood, California
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Went fishing with El Budster Pride on October 23, 2017
Use El Budster, Book the full day trip, take Dramamine before you leave, anticipate the heat on the open sea and drink as much water as beer, understand the costs not included (fishing license, live bait) before you book, tip well - 15-20% obligatory + more when deserved.

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Jennifer Rodriguez
United States
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Went fishing with Phantom Fishing Cabo - Lisa on October 11, 2017
Shore fishing is difficult in Cabo San Lucas, look to go outside the immediate Cabo shore line. Charter boat fishing was awesome. Bring collapsible ice chest if you plan to have your catch vacuumed packed to ship home and ice blocks.

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Garnette Toyota
Vacaville, California
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Went fishing with El Budster on September 17, 2017
Sure, just gotta take your chances on the weather though since its hurricane season. While we were there we had to ride out tropical storm just south of Cabo for few days till it passed. The week before major storm went through and dumped lots of rain just devastating many businesses.

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Mitch Garrett
Montgomery, Texas
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Went fishing with El Budster on July 20, 2017
Highly recommend Cabo for fishing. Marlin capital of the world. Been fishing hear since 1994. Don't believed I ever not caught a significant fish. Plus the environment, ambiance and the local people. You go there once you'll be the twice... provecho!!!!

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Michael Lisak
United States
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Went fishing with El Budster Pride on June 11, 2017
Bring sunscreen and a light waterproof jacket. Be ready to fight a fish that won't stop. When you get a fish close to the boat they run and fight even harder! Fishing with live bait is fun because you feel the fish strike while your holding the rod and reel!

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Rhett Wolff
León, Guanajuato
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Went fishing with El Budster on June 19, 2017
Bring extra cash for bait, licenses, tips etc. We did, but it's not something that can be done with credit cards. Also, bring some hand sanitizer on boat. Throw on the sea sick patches just in case you get a rough day at sea. And don't count on a nice warm day out at sea, bring some extra clothing.

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Jeffery Gless
Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur
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Went fishing with Cabo Sportfishing Crew - Blue Tail on April 2, 2019
Do not fish the spring. Wait until late summer and early fall. Trolled all day and got nothing but a headache!!!!!!

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