Types of Fishing at Cabo
Anglers in Los Cabos can find everything from Surf fishing to Offshore fishing. Thousands of miles of coastline and open sea at Cabo make possible to find the best fishing spots for all purposes.
Deepsea Fishing or Offshore Fishing?
Generally Deepsea, Offshore Big Game even Sport fishing are the same thing, although the water depth should be at least 30 meters to be considered deep sea fishing. Deepsea or Offshore fishing involves fishing on the open ocean, though some argue that Offshore usually takes place a short distance from the shore but both are recognized as a form of recreational fishing. Both also target big game fish like tuna, marlin, dorado and wahoo.
If you are a new angler, it may require a larger time commitment as you learn the proper terminology. Differentiating between the Deepsea fishing and Bottom fishing, for example, is a word choice problem. Fish live at different depths depending on the species; sometimes fish can be found on the ocean floor, so you need to put your bait down there in order to bottom fish. The bait or lure can be drifted with a weight (a downrigger) on the line, making it drop down rapidly, at which point the lures are left there while the boat is stationary until something bites.
We can explain the difference with an example: 28 miles from the Cabo San Lucas marina is The Golden Gate bank and fishing there is considered deep sea fishing. This bank is known to be a good place to fish for marlin (usually done with the art of trolling which we will discuss shortly). However, if the Captain or the crew are craving ceviche, so they’ll use bottom fishing to catch snapper or grouper. Speaking of food, we encourage catch and release of the billfish; of course, if you love a good fish dish like we do, we recommend sierra, dorado, and tuna – they’re delicious! There are many restaurants in Los Cabos and East Cape which gladly cook your catch.
An average of 80 fishing charters depart from Los Cabos marine every morning at 7 AM. We can provide you with a list of the safest rental fleets, those with the most experience and the best captains. You’ll find everything from super pangas (tuning pangas) to luxury yachts – so there’s never an excuse for not experiencing the ocean!
Every day at sea is different, every sunrise is different and the color and the movement of the water is different too, fish are others, fighting is sometimes simple sometimes exhausting but always exciting. We invite you to book your boat and you also enjoy fishing as Cabo Fishing Lovers do.
As with others types of fishing the surfishing, also known as surfcasting or inshore fishing, is truly an art. Los Cabos is one of the best surfishing spots in the world! It requires the fisher to cast from the shoreline into the sea and generally refers to any type of shore fishing regardless of the type (sandy or rocky beaches, jetties, breakwaters piers, etc.). Surf fishing can be done with lures or live bait on a heavy-duty tackle. Most anglers prefer a long surfcasting rod (12 foot) matched with a spinning reel. In this beautiful sport, it’s just you, a friend, and the vast sea. We recommend fishing with a trusting friend as the waves can be treacherous. Never turn your back – walk forward as far as it is safe, cast your line, and walk backward.
Where to Surf-Fish at Cabo
Almost anywhere on the Pacific side is good for surf fishing. The beaches at Solmar and Finisterra are especially good points; the locals also visit desalination plant beach to which you arrive going on the road to the Diamante golf course on the road to Todos Santos, to reach a few more miles to the north is Migriño beach where you can also try. There’s great surf fishing just steps from the hotels in East Cape and Los Frailes.
Wanna Fish? Look for Birds!
A fisherman, regardless of the type, learn how to read nature’s signs. For example, if you spot some dolphins then tuna are’nt far away! These two species often swim in the same areas. Another bit of advice – if you see seagulls scooping up baitfish, then there are larger fish lurking beneath them.
Surf Fishing Species
One of the most common surf fishing targets is the Roosterfish (pez gallo), which averages between 15 to 30 pounds but can grow as large as 100 pounds. But you can also fight Amberjack (Pez Fuerte), Sierra, Cabrilla, Snapper, Grouper, Yellowtail, Jack Crevalle (do not eat this) Sharks and even Dorado.