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Only a few hours flight from the States and an easy trip from most major U.S. cities lies the Mexican resort town of Cabo San Lucas, where for decades friends or family have come to enjoy mountains, rock formations, majestic beaches, great hotels, golf, surf and – of course – great fishing.
Located in the epicenter of Cabo San Lucas, Baja Anglers specializes in fly fishing and light tackle fishing with spinning rods or light bait casting gear. The Sea of Cortez is a giant fish trap, where warm waters with shrimp, squid, sardines, herring, mackerel and other food flow to Pacific predators like blue marlin and black marlin, striped marlin, yellowfin tuna, dorado, and wahoo. Close to shore roosterfish, jack crevalle, Sierra mackerel, red and cubera snapper, three kinds of trevally, yellowtail, black skipjack, pompano, grouper, lady fish and others abound. Fish come to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico for the feast. Anglers come for the amazing fly fishing and light tackle fishing opportunities in one of the most productive and diversified fisheries in the world.
Most trips booked with Baja Anglers are day trips, although fishing packages and itineraries of any length can be arranged. All trips with Baja Anglers are completely customized and built around your schedule, fishing preferences, time of year, and desired species.
There are literally hundreds of hotel and resort offerings in the Cabo San Lucas area, from budget accommodations to five-star offerings. Most visitors to Cabo will have already planned their hotel or resort stay, with fishing being added in the form of day trips. If this is the case, please be sure to provide us with the hotel or resort contact information where you will be staying when booking your fishing trip. If you like Yellow Dog to arrange an entire vacation package that includes all lodging and accommodations as well as your fishing, we will be happy to do so! Please contact us for more details and options.
Off Shore Fishing Charters
Most people consider catching a bill fish on-the-fly or with light tackle to be the ultimate fishing charter experience. If marlin are "on-the-bite” then go for it! You may also find sail fish, yellowfin tuna, schools or single dorado (mahi-mahi,) wahoo, and even bigger game like blue and black marlin or swordfish. The sights are spectacular. Seasonally, whales spout and breach, dolphin can be everywhere at once, and large flocks of birds work as Mexican "fish finders."
In-Shore Fishing Charters
Many fly fishing and light tackle anglers prefer the in-shore action. When the conditions are right and the fish are eating, you can catch 6-8 different species of fish in a single day. Each cast is an adventure. Rooster fish, Pacific jack crevalle and Sierra mackerel are great targets. You can occasionally find three types of trevally (big eye, fat lip & blue), yellowtail, giant lady fish, red and cubera snapper, pompano and amberjack close in as well.
Black Marlin - A black marlin over 1,000 pounds is called "a grander" and is considered the ultimate marlin trophy. For fly-fishing, however, you will typically look for the "rat," a black marlin under 200-pounds. During certain times of the year, there are strong concentrations of these "rats" around Cabo.
Blue Marlin - Blues are the largest of the Pacific marlin and present the ultimate challenge for the flyrodder and light tackle angler. The challenge develops from a combination of proportion (these fish get huge!) and keeping these fish hot on the teaser. Blue marlin grow to over a 1,000-pounds! For fly-fishing, we target blues that range between 50- and 200-pounds. When fly-fishing or pursing blue marlin with light tackle, a skilled crew is a must.
Jack Crevalle - In Spanish, this fish is called Toro – "the bull" – and that's a great description. Found in schools close to shore, the Pacific jack crevalle is quite possibly the most underrated of all the Pacific sportfish. They will readily eat a fly and the resulting battle can last a long time. Toros pull hard and long, often using their platter-shaped bodies as resistance against your efforts to turn the fish towards you.
Dorado - This may be the fish for which saltwater fly-fishing was invented. If everything is right, a dorado will eagerly chase and eat your fly. What follows could easily be one of the most acrobatic battles that you ever encounter. The dorado is a fast-growing fish, running from five to 70 pounds. The average dorado will weigh 10 to 20 pounds. These social fish will collect around almost any floating object, and anything that you see floating – kelp, seaweed, debris – gets close inspection. If there are dorado hanging around, you will always will stop and cast!
Spanish Mackerel - The Sierra (or Spanish mackerel) is the first fish that many anglers will encounter and catch on a fly. They are a school fish that make their presence known to the angler by erratic splashes on the surface caused by the bait trying to escape this aggressive predator. A wire "bite" leader is necessary when fishing for this toothy predator, and the flies that are used imitate the smaller bait-fish that the Sierra feed upon.
Roosterfish - Roosterfish – or pez gallo – are unique to the tropical Pacific. These fish are found in-shore near the sandy beaches, and they are the ultimate predators of the surf. Roosterfish are members of the jack family and can grow to over 100 pounds. There are higher concentrations of roosterfish in the waters around Cabo San Lucas than anywhere else on earth. When a roosterfish is within range, it is your job to get the fly in front of the excited fish. If all goes well, the rooster will charge your fly and it will disappear into its cavernous mouth. Set the hook and hold on! The initial run of the roosterfish is blistering and strong and may include many porpoise-like leaps.
Sailfish - This is the fish that first introduced the public to the previously unheard of concept of fly fishing for billfish. Many consider the sailfish to be the easiest of all the billfish to take on a fly rod, essentially because Pacific sails will readily come to a teaser. When a sailfish is up on the teaser, it will often focus its interest to the exclusion of all else. Sometimes, a sail – pez vela in Spanish – can be brought all the way to the boat's transom. Then, if everyone does everything correctly and it's your lucky day, the sailfish will eat your fly. When it does, the acrobatic display is matched by no other fish on earth. This fish has been clocked at 60 MPH!
Black Skipjack Tuna - This is the strongest of all the tunas and probably the most underrated Pacific sport fish. Serious tuna anglers believe that black skippies would be "un-landable" if they grew to the size of the yellowfin. The black skippie will average eight to 15 pounds with the all-tackle world record weighing over 20 pounds. The black skipjack is found in schools that herd bait to the surface. If you can get your fly into the school and make it move, a skippie is guaranteed to eat your fly. The initial run will follow the school, then, as the fish realizes it is hooked, the battle will turn into a give-and-take "slug fest."
Striped Marlin- Cabo San Lucas is the acknowledged striped marlin capital of the world. These super-charged rockets weigh from 50 to 300 pounds, averaging 125. Catching an IGFA-legal striped marlin on a fly is considered one of the world's greatest angling feats. The most common way to "get a shot" at a striper is to use conventional rods and troll hookless teasers. Circling frigate birds and diving boobies will mark its position. The captain will race to the spot and begin a slow troll with the teaser. Suddenly the marlin will appear out of the blue, slashing the teaser with its bill. Once a marlin "lights up" on a teaser, the captain throws the engines in neutral and the teaser is jerked from the water and into the boat. You then cast the fly in front of and to the side of the searching fish, make a few rapid strips of your line, and the water in front of you erupts as if a Volkswagen fell from the sky!
Yellowfin Tuna - Pound-for-pound, tuna pull with more strength and endurance than any other fish in the world. You don't finesse a tuna, you slug it out. One method of fly-fishing for yellowfin tuna is to chum them up to the surface using live bait. When the fish are actively "boiling on the bait," it's time to cast your fly into the melee. When a tuna eats your fly, there is no doubt who is in control. He is. The initial run may last 200 yards or until you turn the fish. This is where a high quality reel that costs hundreds of dollars comes into play. Your drag must be cranked down and at this point, anything that can break will. It is up to you how long the battle lasts. If you pressure the fish, it may be landed in minutes. There have been tuna battles that have lasted much longer. The average size yellowfin will weigh 8 to 30 pounds. As a rule of thumb, figure on a minute a pound to land a yellowfin.
Baja Anglers utilizes custom built, 26-foot ocean catamarans powered by twin 4-stroke engines that are quiet, fume-free, and powerful. These safe and soft-riding cats are engineered to handle all sea conditions and to maximize your safety, comfort, and fishing convenience. You will find clear casting areas fore and aft, T-tops for shade, and an enclosed head for the ladies aboard. The boats are fast, designed to get you to the fishing quickly!
For non-anglers or those looking to take a day off from fishing there are a number of activities and attractions that are available when visiting the Baja Peninsula. While Cabo San Lucas and San Jose Del Cabo offer some extraordinary beaches, shopping, and night life there are also a myriad of outdoor activities that you can take advantage of. The East Cape is home to some of the best windsurfing and kite surfing on the planet, and the Sea of Cortez offers world-class snorkeling. Since the entire area is sparsely populated, cruising the beaches and relaxing in the sun and sand is a great way to spend the day. There are miles of open, undeveloped beaches perfect for exploring. If you are interested in organizing a side trip to nearby villages or towns, sightseeing in Can San Lucas or San Jose del Cabo, or participating in any other non-angling activities during your visit, please let us know prior to your departure. We will be happy to make recommendations and take care of any necessary arrangements.
You will access your Baja fishing destination via San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico. International flights to San Jose Del Cabo depart from a number of major U.S. cities, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Houston, and Denver.
Your Cabo San Lucas fishing charter with Baja Anglers begins when you depart the marina around 6:30 AM, returning approximately eight hours later. Plan on arriving at the Baja Anglers shop 15 minutes early to go over your fly fishing or light tackle needs and to meet your captain and mate for the fishing day ahead.
Boat fishing day rate (approximately 8 hours) is $660.00 per day - for either one or two people. This cost includes a 10% tax per boat. Additional anglers are surcharged at $50.00 each, with a maximum of four anglers per boat. (A boat with four anglers would be $760.00.)
Full days should be reserved in advance. A recommended gratuity for the captains/mates is usually 15% of the trip. Call or email Yellow Dog for more information on beach fishing rates and reservations.
* Remember that Yellow Dog's services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter.
Yellow Dog has a full in-house travel and reservations system, and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers, and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact us at 888-777-5060 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.
If you are planning on traveling with minors, remember that all children 17 years of age or younger entering Mexico accompanied by only one parent must have a notarized letter of consent from the other parent stating the child/children have his/her permission to enter the country. Single parents need a notarized documentation of divorce decree or death certificate of spouse. Minors unaccompanied by either parent require a notarized letter of consent signed by both parents.