Sport Fishing Capital
Before there were championship golf courses, before there were spectacular spas, before there were high-end resorts, Los Cabos was known for its sport fishing. And it still is! The crystal-clear waters that once drew Ernest Hemingway—known as the godfather of modern sport fishing—are home to a wealth of species, and fishing opportunities abound all year long.
Cast Your Line
Where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez, the nutrient-rich waters around Los Cabos attract a vast range of fish species year-round—and with the schools of fish come the sport fishers. Inshore and offshore, casual amateur and dedicated aficionado, a one-day special event or a whole vacation planned around sport fishing—the options are plentiful and the catch is bountiful at any time of the year.
What’s the catch of the day? It depends on the time of year. The big draw for avid sport fishers are billfish, especially blue marlin, black marlin and striped marlin. In fact, so plentiful are these fish that Los Cabos is known as the Marlin Capital of the World. Black and blue marlin season runs from July through October, with average daily catches of six to 12 marlin during peak season, while striped marlin tends to be most plentiful January through June. Most billfish caught are between 200 and 500 pounds—but it’s not unheard-of to reel in a marlin that’s over 1,000 pounds.
Peak time for dorado, also known as mahi-mahi, is March through October, when the waters are flush with tens of thousands of them, weighing up to 70 pounds. Yellowfin tuna are especially plentiful September through January, while wahoo and sailfish are common in late summer and early fall, and hammerheads, threshers and makos can be found in the winter and spring. Bottom fishing for jacks, grouper, roosterfish and snapper takes place all year.
Charter boats in Los Cabos can run the gamut from 17-foot panga boat skiffs to 70-foot luxury sport fishing yachts with air-conditioned cabins, top-of-the-line gear, tackle and amenities as part of the package. Plus, they’re fully outfitted with crews prepared to coach visitors and clean their catch at the end of the day. Several resorts and restaurants also cooperate with fishers by offering catch-and-cook programs, where the chef will prepare the guests’ catch for dinner.
Avid fishers and amateur aficionados may want to time their visit around any of the many fishing tournaments that take place in the area, when captains and anglers from around the world come to town to compete for serious jackpots. Fall is especially flush with tournaments, including the Los Cabos Billfish Tournament, Bisbee’s Offshore Charity Tournament and Bisbee’s Black & Blue, all in October, and Cabo Tuna Jackpot in November. Stars & Stripes comes to town in June and Bisbee’s East Cape Offshore sets sail in Buenavista every July.
Top photo courtesy Grand Solmar Land's End Resort & Spa