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Cabo San Lucas is one of the world's premier
destinations for sportfishing.
The surrounding waters are rich with nutrients and
plankton between the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez which combine to create a thriving food chain.
This makes for an incredibly diverse variety of species and the local charter companies know exactly where to go to catch which ones, and when is best to catch them. Whether you're looking to catch that dream Striped or Blue marlin,
Sailfish, Dorado or Yellowfin tuna, you're in safe hands.
A typical fishing trip will start at 6.30am on the marina where you will pick up your boat and your license for the day. Licenses are a legal requirement to fish in Cabo and your Captain or tour guide will advise you on how and where to purchase them before you go. You can buy them at the Marina store in the morning you leave, however there is normally a long line here in the morning and you'd rather be fishing...right?
The same goes for box lunches: there is a veritable industry around the marina in the morning serving these and the popular places have a long line, so plan ahead and either book in advance or get there early!
Once you have your license you will need bait, although some Captains pre-order this so ask before you book, and this is normally about $30 for 10 baits. You buy it from the numerous small pangas that ply their trade around the fishing fleet. Your Captain will have a favourite! You can catch your own of course...but why waste an hour catching bait when you can get enough for $30? Very often you will not be able to catch bait easily so it's best to have some in the bucket before you go...just in case!
A reasonable sportfishing boat of about 30ft will cost about $650-$750 per day dependent on the package you pick and will take, normally, up to 4 people so that makes is a reasonable cost to share. But the price can be as much as you can afford, dependent on the size of boat you want! You won't be stuck for choice in Cabo, that's for sure.
Your day will end around 3pm so it is a full day. If you get sick, or think you might, please take Dramamine the night before your trip. The patches work best and it could save you from a day of misery, or a waste of perhaps a lot of money!
As well as the cruisers, there is a substantial fleet of fishing pangas which you can rent for around $220 for a day. These typically leave around 7 and return at mid-day. They don't go as far as the sportfishing boats but they can, and do, catch marlin at certain times of the year.
It is important to do your research before you come: as well as the very good charter companies, there are more than a few coyotes who will be more than happy to offer you a knock-down price, take your money and simply drive you around the bay.
Here on iTravel-Cabo.com we have listings from all of the main charter fleets and operators in Cabo and we publish their weekly fishing reports. There is a wealth of info right there for you.