Deep Sea Fishing in Cabo San Lucas
The deep sea fishing Cabo San Lucas has access to is probably the best in the entire world. Cabo sits right on the meeting point of the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez. What this means for you is year-round catches of an unbeatable range of big game pelagics without the need for long journeys.
Blue, Black, and Striped Marlin can all be caught out of Cabo, as can Swordfish and huge Pacific Sailfish. If you somehow get bored of Billfish, there are plenty of Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Tuna, and Sharks around, too.
With so many fish to choose from, it’s no surprise that Cabo has become a major tournament hotspot. Events run throughout the year, but the Bisbee’s Black and Blue dwarfs them all, with millions of dollars in prize money up for grabs each October.
You couldn’t find a more perfect place to put a sportfishing town. Head west out of the Marina, and you hit the deep troughs and steep seamounts of the Pacific Ocean. Head east, and you find sheltered waters full of huge pelagic fish even in the roughest weather. This gives you endless options of where to wet your lines.
Cabo’s Pacific fishing grounds are the home of legends. The waters are deeper and more varied here. Many spots are great for specific species, while others draw a bit of everything just a few miles from town. The further you go, the lower the fishing pressure, but you can find monsters everywhere!
Cabo Falso Lighthouse
The lighthouse serves as a marker for many surrounding spots, and sits a stone’s throw from the Marina. These aren’t the deepest waters, but you can catch monster Marlin within sight of land here.
San Jaime Bank
Sitting next to the deepest section of the Tinaje Trough, seamounts rise thousands of feet above the surrounding water. This is Grander territory, and plenty deep enough for every species on our list.
Golden Gate Bank
Just north of San Jaime Bank, many consider this the best Striped Marlin spot in town. Considering Cabo is known as “Striped Marlin Capital of the World,” that’s pretty heavy praise.
Why travel 50 miles when you have amazing fishing right on your doorstep? Well, if you’re set on world-record Marlin and don’t want to share the fishing grounds, this is the spot for you.
Sea of Cortez
If the winds kick up too much out west, just head to the sheltered waters of the Sea of Cortez. You may not find the same dramatic depth changes here, but you can still expect double-digit hookups of your favorite pelagic predators.
Santa Maria Canyon
This spot is less than 10 miles from the shore and is home to Marlin, Sailfish, Tuna, Mahi Mahi, and more. Unsurprisingly, it can get pretty busy here, but there are plenty of other spots nearby if it does.
Tucked round the head of the peninsula, this is a reliable spot even in rough weather. Tuna, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, and Marlin can be caught in its deeper reaches.
The 1150 Banks offer the best of both worlds. You will be fishing in seriously deep water but will still have some protection from the winds and waves. This is a particularly good spot for Sharks.
Cabo deep sea fishing mainly focuses on trolling. Some captains prefer to use soft plastics, which will come in a range of colors and spread patterns. Others use dressed Ballyhoo or live Tuna, and tuna tubes are a common sight aboard the bigger boats in town. Fly fishing is increasingly popular when targeting the huge numbers of Striped Marlin and Sailfish in the area. There are local fly fishing specialists who stock quality equipment, so expect 16-wt rods, heavy Billfish line, and thick monofilament tippets, as well as a variety of custom flies.
Top Targeted Deep Sea Fishing Species in Cabo San Lucas
What People Are Saying About Deep Sea Fishing in Cabo San Lucas
"Half day trip"
Syreather Kimble fished with Phantom Fishing Cabo - Lisa on October 27, 2018
This trip did not disappoint. It was our first deep sea fishing adventure. The captain and mate were great. We caught our limit! We will definitely use Phantom fishing again.
"Great day on the water with Captain Collin"
John Engstrom fished with IndiGo Adventures - El Pegasito on April 3, 2018
My wife and I are not very experienced with deep sea fishing. Colin made our day enjoyable, very educational, and we caight some great fish! We could not ask for a more attentive and engaging fishing captain. We’ll be back and highly recommend him.
"Full day fishing with captain Casey"
Patrick Meakins fished with Picudo Sport Fishing on March 2, 2017
IT WAS AWESOME! Couldn't have had a better experience. It was my first time deep sea fishing and Captain Casey and his crew exceeded all expectations. I never have to look for another charter in the Cabo area again. I found the one I will use every time.
Top Deep Sea Fishing Charters in Cabo San Lucas
Cabo Sportfishing Crew - Blue Tail
Cabo San Lucas • 29 ft • 4 persons
trips from US$ 485
El Budster Pride
Cabo San Lucas • 29 ft • 4 persons
trips from US$ 485
Phantom Fishing Cabo - Lisa
Cabo San Lucas • 30 ft • 4 persons
trips from US$ 458
Picudo Sport Fishing
Cabo San Lucas • 45 ft • 8 persons
trips from US$ 1050
Sushi Time Sport Fishing
Cabo San Lucas • 23 ft • 3 persons
trips from US$ 195
Cabo Sport Fishing Fleet- Bucanero 35'
Cabo San Lucas • 35 ft • 8 persons
trips from US$ 520
Cabo Sport Fishing - 28' Californian
Cabo San Lucas • 28 ft • 4 persons
trips from US$ 345
Cabo Sport Fishing: The Fish Finder 31'
Cabo San Lucas • 31 ft • 6 persons
trips from US$ 464