To plan your trip right, you’ve got to know the prime-time fishing seasons. Fall and winter are excellent for all-around action. Monstrous sword-billed specimens of black and blue marlin run July through October, with average catches of six to 12 marlin a day during peak season. July through November, dorado (aka mahi mahi and dolphinfish) can be readily caught. Yellowfin tuna hit hard September through January, and wahoo and sailfish round out the mix of offerings, with the warm waters of the late summer and early fall providing the best results.
Bottom Fishing for jacks, grouper, roosterfish and snapper can take place all year; and hammerheads, threshers and makos can be found in the winter and spring. Charter boats in Los Cabos can run the gamut from 17-foot panga boat skiffs to 70- foot sportfishing yachts, and the price is right for any and all budgets. Pisces Sportfishing and Picante Sportfishing are two world renowned outfitters that offer a complete line of luxury vessels up to 70 feet in length.
Boasting first-class accommodations in air conditioned cabins, all the top-of-the-line gear, tackle and amenities needed for a day are included as part of the package. A walk along Marina Cabo San Lucas will put you in contact with many smaller vendors that can rent out half-day to full-day charters.
Half-days generally run from about 7 a.m. to noon, and full-day charters most often run from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Usually the day starts with a stop at the harbor in the early morning hours to buy bait from the local fishermen.
The caballitos and sardinas usually go for about $20 for 10 baits. Don’t worry about your skills — or lack thereof. The crews on these sportfishing charter boats can coach you along the way and will clean your catch at the end of the day, too. More experienced anglers who might enjoy a more hands-on approach can hop on with a local panga boat operator. These local fishermen can take you on a thrilling four-hour experience, fishing right off the beach and along the rocks for roosterfish, grouper and snapper.