Cabo San Lucas is a very popular vacation spot. There’s so much more to Cabo than just lying on the beach with a Pina Colada in hand. Cabo attracts millions of tourists each year because of the major attractions that lie in the town. There’s an immense amount of shopping centers and dining options available in Cabo, and nightlife is booming. There are numerous bars and nightclubs to go out to and party the night away. Cabo is also home to a handful of nice casinos, and if you’re into slot machines, you have endless choices. Of course, the local casinos are always filled with residents and out-of-town players, so if fighting the crowd doesn’t sound appealing, you could always try spinning the reels on your smartphone. Other major highlights of visiting Cabo include aquatic activities such as sportfishing, snorkeling, whale watching, and surfing. Even though there’s much to see and do in Cabo, nothing beats deep sea sportfishing. It is still the main attraction in Cabo and more than likely, it will always remain that way. There are several things that you should know when sportfishing in Cabo, to ensure that you get the most out of your experience, and this article will discuss what to expect when sportfishing in Cabo San Lucas.
Best fishing spots
In order to have the best fishing experience in Cabo and ensure that you catch some fish, you need to know the best fishing spots. Seeing as to how Cabo is home to some of the world’s best fishing, there are many places that you can go to attract the best fish. The locals sometimes try to keep the best fishing spots a secret, however, here are a few really good spots to catch different types of fish:
Golden Gate Bank: The Tinaje Trough runs from San Jaime to the Golden Gate Bank and is known as the best place to fish in Cabo San Lucas, period. The water is warm all year round and brings in tons of Dorado, Black Seabass, Skipjack, Yellowfin, Striped Marlin, and Blue Marlin.
San Jaime Bank: Along this bank, there’s three seamounts rising to 150 feet of the surface top. The pathway between the San Jaime Bank and the Golden Gate Banks create an underwater current pathway and is great for catching Skipjack Tuna, Bonita, Yellowfin Tuna, and Blue Marlin.
Lighthouse: Cabo Falso Lighthouse is a landmark that is used as a reference for some great fishing. It is easily accessible from the Cabo San Lucas marina and anglers have brought in many trophy fish and a ton of Dorado at this landmark.
1150 Bank: This one is farther off the coast and almost in between the San Lucas and San Jose marinas. This is one of the best spots for marlin and tuna fish.
How fishing is done
Almost all of the fishing done in Cabo is done by using trolling methods, meaning you’re on a boat that is pulling lines behind it with lures, live bait, and teasers to attract fish. Some boats will have as many as six lines in the water at one time, making your chances of catching a fish six times greater. Some lines are very close to the back of the boat and is standard procedure. Some of the lines are trolling teasers or dredges, designed to simply attract fish to the top of the water so that they will bite on other lines that are full of live bait or trolling lures. This is the most effective way to fish in Cabo. Locals in Cabo have been fishing the same way with the same equipment for some times, and it works.
What to do when you catch a fish
If you get lucky and catch a fish or two while sportfishing in Cabo, you have several options on what to do with your fish. If you’re not interested in keeping your fish and you don’t plan on eating it, then safely release it back into the water. If you plan on keeping your fish, there are plenty of full fillet stations back at the docks where your fish can be properly cared for, cleaned, and filleted. Another option is you can have your fish mounted. You can release your fish and have a replica made or you can bring the fish to the docks and have a real skin mount made. This option isn’t cheap, but many people love to have it done.
Best time to fish
It is important to know the best times to fish to maximize your chances of catching something good. There are parts of the year that are the best for catching certain types of fish. For example, December, January, and February are the best months for catching striped marlin and October and November are better for catching Dorado. When it comes to the best time of day to fish, early morning and right before sundown are ideal for catching plenty of fish in Cabo.