Fishing in Cabo San Lucas

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There is no place in the world that matches the fishing in Cabo San Lucas. Mexico’s most legendary fishing grounds, oft...

There is no place in the world that matches the fishing in Cabo San Lucas. Mexico’s most legendary fishing grounds, often called the “Marlin Capital of the World,” this extremely popular fishing venue holds several world records.

Cabo San Lucas is where the Sea of Cortés and the Pacific Ocean meet, and churn up a cornucopia of sport fish. Some estimates claim as many as 50,000 marlin and sailfish, the most prized species, are pulled out of these waters each year.

The months of June to December are the best bets for snagging blue and black marlin, while sailfish are most plentiful between April and October. The rest of the year, striped marlin and various other species are worthy stand-ins for the stars, while wahoo, dorado and yellowtail, snapper, corvina and roosterfish abound.

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Most popular fishing boats charters in Cabo San Lucas

Never Give Up 35ft

6 35,00 ft

Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur (MX)

From $1500
FREE Cancellation 14 days notice

Blackfin 33ft

6 33,00 ft

Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur (MX)

From $980
FREE Cancellation 14 days notice

Tres Marlins

3 23,00 ft

Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur (MX)

From $375
FREE Cancellation 14 days notice

Cabo Marlini 31

5 31,00 ft

Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur (MX)

From $770
Deposit non-refundable

Riviera 58ft

8 58,00 ft

Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur (MX)

From $4070
Deposit non-refundable

Adriana

4 28,00 ft

Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur (MX)

From $585
Deposit non-refundable

Andrea

4 28,00 ft

Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur (MX)

From $585
Deposit non-refundable

Rebecca

6 31,00 ft

Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur (MX)

From $785
Deposit non-refundable

Valerie

6 32,81 ft

Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur (MX)

From $850
Deposit non-refundable

Deep sea fishing charter in Cabo San Lucas

Discover unparalleled angling adventures with our Cabo San Lucas deep-sea fishing charters, starting at just $348. Experience the thrill of reeling in marlin, tuna, and dorado in depths reaching 1,200 to 4,000 feet, where the Pacific merges with the Sea of Cortez. Our packages cater to all skill levels, ensuring a memorable journey beyond the shore, enriched by breathtaking ocean vistas and marine life encounters. Embrace the essence of sport fishing in Cabo, where every cast brings the promise of a new discovery

Rebecca

6 31,00 ft

Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur (MX)

From $785
Deposit non-refundable

Blackfin 33ft

6 33,00 ft

Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur (MX)

From $980
FREE Cancellation 14 days notice

Tejas

4 42,00 ft

Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur (MX)

From $2800
Deposit non-refundable

Best fishing charters in Cabo San Lucas

Cabo San Lucas's top fishing charters, celebrated for user ratings, offer premier services. Highlighting deep-sea, sportfishing excellence, these vessels are the go-to for avid fishers seeking the best spots.

Cabo Marlini 31

5 31,00 ft

Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur (MX)

From $770
Deposit non-refundable

Never Give Up 35ft

6 35,00 ft

Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur (MX)

From $1500
FREE Cancellation 14 days notice

Blackfin 33ft

6 33,00 ft

Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur (MX)

From $980
FREE Cancellation 14 days notice

Best Priced Sportfishing Boat Rentals in Cabo San Lucas

Explore best-priced sportfishing boat rentals in Cabo, selected for competitive rental rates. These vessels, acclaimed for cost-effectiveness, cater to fishing enthusiasts prioritizing value, merging affordability with the thrill of the catch.

Tres Marlins

3 23,00 ft

Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur (MX)

From $375
FREE Cancellation 14 days notice

Adriana

4 28,00 ft

Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur (MX)

From $585
Deposit non-refundable

Andrea

4 28,00 ft

Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur (MX)

From $585
Deposit non-refundable

Reviews from the users

We had a great day! Was pretty rough on the sea, but we still managed to catch a couple! The Capitan and First Mate were really great and my kids had a super time! I would absolutely book this again!
Alison McMaster

20 boats for charter near by Cabo San Lucas

Tips & Tricks for Fishing Trips in Cabo San Lucas

Upon landing at Los Cabos International Airport, Mexico's bustling air gateway, you are immediately welcomed into a world renowned for its sportfishing and breathtaking landscapes. This region, home to Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo, and neighboring areas, boasts an extensive selection of lodging and an array of charter fishing opportunities. Los Cabos is segmented into five unique zones: San Jose del Cabo, the Corridor, Cabo San Lucas, the Pacific stretch up to Todos Santos, and the serene East Cape region along the northern Sea of Cortez.

 

For newcomers, the corridor connecting Cabo San Lucas to San Jose del Cabo is often the starting point for their inaugural excursions. This area is replete with amenities to ensure a comfortable and memorable stay. Seasoned travelers tend to venture further, often towards the Sea of Cortez, seeking the serene fishing grounds near La Paz.

 

Cabo's reputation as a premier fishing destination stems from its dynamic marine environment. The sea water temperatures, wave conditions, and ocean currents around the cape create a unique setting where no two fishing trips are the same. Should you find the Sea of Cortez side less rewarding, a quick change of direction towards the Pacific offers new angling prospects.

 

Anglers are welcome to bring their own fishing tackle, but it's worth noting that the specialized, heavy-duty gear needed for landing the big game fish offshore can be costly. Fortunately, most charter vessels in Cabo, ranging from deluxe sportfishing yachts to traditional pangas, include top-tier tackle and gear in their charter packages. For specific needs, tackle shops like Minerva’s in Cabo are well-stocked with a variety of game-fish-specific gear. Fly fishermen, in particular, are encouraged to bring their setups to experiment with different rig and fly combinations.

 

The use of live bait is highly favored here. Anglers aiming for inshore or rock fishing endeavors can purchase bait, like sardinas or live mackerel, directly from local fishermen, who skillfully catch them using small nets. However, artificial lures are also effective, especially when fishing further offshore.

 

Renting a panga for a day of inshore fishing, targeting species like roosterfish, pargo, or yellowtail, offers just as much thrill as pursuing larger game such as sailfish or swordfish in the open waters. While in this magnificent region, seize the myriad of private tours and excursions available, each promising to make every trip as exhilarating and distinct as your first.

Top sport fishing species in Cabo San Lucas

FISHING SEASON IN Cabo San Lucas

What kind of fish do you catch in Cabo?

Cabo is a top destination where you can target inshore species such as sierra, yellowtail and pargo. Offshore there's striped marlin, dorado and yellowfin tuna. Below you'll find which species can be caught every month.

January:  Sierra, Yellowtail (Amberjack), Dorado (Mahi Mahi), Pargo

February:  Striped Marlin, Dorado, Sierra, Pargo, Yellowtail

March:  Striped Marlin, Dorado, Roosterfish, Yellowfin Tuna, Sierra, Pargo, Yellowtail

April:  Striped Marlin, Dorado, Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, Roosterfish, Sierra, Pargo, Yellowtail

May:  Striped Marlin, Dorado, Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, Roosterfish, Pargo, Yellowtail

June:  Striped Marlin, Blue Marlin, Black Marlin, Sailfish, Dorado, Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, Roosterfish, Yellowtail

July:  Striped Marlin, Blue Marlin, Black Marlin, Dorado, Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, Roosterfish, Sailfish

August:  Striped Marlin, Blue Marlin, Black Marlin, Sailfish, Dorado, Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, Roosterfish

September:  Striped Marlin, Blue Marlin, Black Marlin, Sailfish, Dorado, Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, Roosterfish

October: Striped Marlin, Blue Marlin, Black Marlin, Sailfish, Dorado, Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, Roosterfish, Sierra

November: Blue Marlin, Black Marlin, Sailfish, Dorado, Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, Sierra

December:  Blue Marlin, Black Marlin, Sailfish, Dorado, Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, Sierra, Yellowtail

What is the best month for fishing in Cabo San Lucas?

The months of June to December are the best bets for snagging blue and black marlin, while sailfish are most plentiful between April and October. The rest of the year, striped marlin and various other species are worthy stand-ins for the stars, while wahoo, dorado and yellowtail, snapper, corvina and roosterfish abound.

Is fishing good in Cabo San Lucas?

There is no place in the world that matches the fishing in Cabo San Lucas. Baja California, often called the “Marlin Capital of the World,” holds several world records. Cabo is also a legendary place to target Amberjack, Snapper and Roosterfish. 

Can you fish from shore in Cabo San Lucas?

Surf fishing in Cabo is a great way to discover this exciting coast of Baja. The top shore fishing species in Los Cabos are roosterfish, sierra, grouper, snapper and jack crevalle. Make sure you bring a 7-9 foot medium stiff rod to be able to cast far enough. Use 30lb braided line and put some jerk baits, jigs, poppers and stickbaits in your bag. Rubber lures are also do the job.

TOURISM & OTHER ACTIVITIES

Go Whale Watching! There are only three places in the world the gray whale will give birth to their babies, all three are in Baja! Unlike other places father north, whale watching on the Pacific side of Baja is done in pangas. These are locally made 22 foot boats, which are open and can accommodate up to ten people. These boats allow you to get up close and personal with the whales, who seem to enjoy human interaction and in some cases you can even touch them!

The village of Todos Santos is home to many artists, boutique hotels and bed and breakfasts. For some down time, you can visit their beautiful beach, Los Cerritos, walk around the lovely town, take a mountain bike tour, and visit the local galleries and soak up Mexican culture.

Hit the Links: Cabo San Lucas has excellent golf courses, as a matter of fact, 7 of the top 15 golf courses in Mexico are in Cabo! These include: Diamante Golf Course. (Dunes), Cabo del Sol (Ocean Course), Querencia Golf Course, Quivira Golf Course, El Dorado Golf and Beach Course, Chileno Bay Course, Diamante Golf Course.

Water sports for all ages! Take a parasail ride, go snorkeling or scuba diving – in addition to fishing, Cabo is known for its underwater beauty. You can also rent jet skis, fly boards, stand up paddle boards, and learn how to surf. There are lots of surf spots for all levels, and if you are a beginner, surfing lessons are available.

LEGISLATION / REGULATIONS

Do you need a license to fish in Cabo?

If you are fishing from the shore, you will not need a fishing license. However, Mexico has strict fishing regulations for fishing from boats. Essentially, every person aboard a boat that has fishing equipment on board is required to have a license.

You can purchase a daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly fishing license via CONAPESCA.

You can find more information on their website, Conapesca

If you plan on using a fishing charter, most charter boats include fishing licenses in the cost of the charter, but to be sure it is best to ask when booking your trip.

How much does it cost to rent a boat to fish in Cabo San Lucas?

Depending on the charter fishing boat and on the duration of your fishing tour, you’ll pay more or less for the tour. The price for a private 4 hour Cabo San Lucas fishing trip with a smaller boat is $340. A half day trip with a 40ft charter costs around $695, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1250 to $1350.

What does the price include?

The price usually includes the captain, fishing tackle, fuel, bait & lures and licenses. On every listing we indicate whether drinks and food are included.

Once you’ve made a booking, the captain will contact you to arrange the meeting point and the departure time. Also, we recommend you contact the captain a couple of days before the tour to confirm the weather forecast.

Key takeaways

Avg Capacity: 6 people
Popular fishing techniques: Bottom Fishing, Tuna fishing, Trolling
Average price: $0 per day
Low season price: $375 per day
High season price: $7700 per day
Included: Fishing tackle, Bait & lures, WC on board

Frequently asked questions about fishing in Cabo San Lucas

Depending on the boat, a fishing charter in Cabo San Lucas can accommodate up to 15 passangers, although most charters are for 6 people.

Typically in a charter in Cabo San Lucas, a fishing boat charter will include the use of the boat, Fishing tackle, Bait & lures, WC on board. Some charters may also include Snacks and Drinks, while others may allow you to bring your own.

Renting a fishingboat in Cabo San Lucas costs on average $280 per hour. Many factors influence the price of a boat charter, such as the duration of the trip (and distance to the fishing grounds), the size of the boat or the fishing technique. Prices can range from $375 for 5 hours and 3 people to $7700 for 8 hours and 10 people.

The types of fish you can catch on a fishing charter in Cabo San Lucas will depend on the time of year. Some common fish species that can be caught in Cabo San Lucas include: Yellowfin Tuna, Blue Marlin, Roosterfish, Dorado, Wahoo, Striped Marlin.

In Cabo San Lucas, the most popular fishing techniques include Bottom Fishing, Tuna fishing, Trolling, Marlin fishing, Deep sea fishing, Live bait fishing.

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