Sport fishing in the Los Cabos area is unparalleled in the world with an abundance of marlin of the blue, black and striped variety, Sailfish, Dorado (also known as mahi mahi or dolphin fish), Tuna, Wahoo, Roosterfish and endless varieties of bottom fish and surf fish. Los Cabos is undoubtedly one of the world’s best all-round locations for sport fishing. So even if you are not an avid fisherman, you should try your hand at catching a big one while visiting.
One favorite activity among locals and visitors to Los Cabos is offshore or deep sea fishing. Whether you’re participating in a tournament or just enjoying a deep sea fishing charter while on vacation, its sure to be an experience you’ll remember forever. With the upcoming Bisbee’s Tournaments, we wanted to dedicate today’s blog to offshore fishing tips. If you’ve never been deep sea fishing before, these tips should come in handy. In addition to our tips, you’ll also have the knowledge and expertise of the company handling your charter. When you stay with Lifestyle Villas, we’ll help you add the perfect Los Cabos deep sea fishing trip to your itinerary.
1. BRING THE RIGHT GEAR.
Offshore or deep sea fishing is quite different from fishing in lakes, rivers and streams. Due to the variety of deep-sea game fish, there are many different techniques used. Depending on the type of fish you’re wanting to catch and the technique that you are using, you’ll need different fishing tackle and fishing gear. Offshore fishing could involve trolling with artificial fishing lures or live baits, jigging with lures or bottom fishing with baits. Learn more about the different types of saltwater fishing gear here: https://www.takemefishing.org/saltwater-fishing/saltwater-fishing-gear/.
2. LOOK IN THE RIGHT SPOTS.
Some of the best ways to locate fishing areas is with a fishfinder, a GPS or a nautical map. Rocks, reefs and wrecks are great places to look for fish. These structures provide shelter for fish, a place for them to hide from other sea life. Manmade structures like towers and navigational aids are not only valuable for anglers trying to find their way, but they also offer another place for fish to seek refuge. Submerged mountain ranges and hills divert the current and create ideal spots for offshore fishing. In addition, sea mounts provide fish more favorable water conditions. When deep sea fishing around hills and sea mounts, look for variations in the surface conditions such as ripples, rips or tide lines that may indicate changes in the water temperature, salinity, clarity or current. Deep canyons, gorges and cliffs that line the Continental Shelf are also great places to find fish. While fishing in the open ocean is possible, it’s not recommended for inexperienced deep sea anglers.
3. KNOW HOW TO BAIT PROPERLY.
There are a variety of different types of bait you can use, but whichever you choose, you want to make sure to handle it properly. If you’re using squid as your bait, you can easily bait your hook early. However, if you are using live fish as bait, you’ll want to wait until you’re completely ready to fish. You want a lively fish at the end of your hook to better attract the target fish. If you bait your hook to early and let it dangle on the line, the bait is dying and won’t be as attractive as a live, wiggling bait. If you’re using squid, you won’t need to change your bait until it’s gone, but if you’re using live fish, make sure its wiggling at the end of your line. If you can’t feel it wiggling, you’ll want to reel it in and pin on a new bait.
4. BE PATIENT AND HAVE FUN.
If you’ve never gone offshore fishing before, its important to maintain the right attitude. Offshore fishing can be more difficult than freshwater fishing. Not every deep sea fishing trip results in the catch of a lifetime, like you might see on TV. Even experienced anglers can come back with nothing. The important part is to enjoy your time out on the water. If you’ve never done it before, its a great experience that everyone should experience at least once – and there’s no better place to do it than beautiful Los Cabos.
- Striped Marlin Dorado
- Crevalle Jack
- Blue Marlin
- Black Marlin
- Sierra Spanish Mackeral
- Yellowfin Tuna
- Skipjack Tuna
Bisbee’s Black & Blue Tournaments have been taking place in the Los Cabos region of the Baja Peninsula in Mexico for over 30 years. The tournaments are designed to have entry categories that cater to anglers of all levels. Family, friends and experienced sportsmen all have a chance to win millions!
The Bisbee’s Black & Blue Marlin Tournament is hard to describe if you’ve never been there. It’s five days of organized chaos, full of hard-core excitement. With the beautiful and lively city of Cabo San Lucas as the backdrop, thousands of people crowd the marina walkways to shop, party and watch huge fish being weighed in at the scales in front of the world-famous Puerto Paraiso Entertainment Plaza. It’s a once in a lifetime experience you’ll never forget!
Los Cabos Offshore Schedule of Events
The Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore Tournament takes place just days before the Black & Blue Tournament. Nick-named the “Little Bisbee’s,” it’s a very social event full of camaraderie, where friends can meet, swap stories and get in a few days of fishing before the “Big Show.”
About the Stars & Stripes Tournament
The Stars & Stripes Tournament has been benefiting youth charities since 1996. This world-class charity fundraiser combines spectacular deep sea fishing with golf on Mexico’s finest courses. Add the best luxury accommodations in Los Cabos and you have yourself the makings of a great vacation! This hugely popular event has raised and donated more than $20 million to worthy youth charities over the course of its 19-year history. More than just a fundraiser, the Stars & Stripes Tournament creates lasting memories for the organizations it assists, as well as those participating in the event each year.
Diving conditions in Los Cabos are great all year round! However, June through December offers the greatest visibility, warmest water and longest periods of calm weather. With the sand falls and abundance of fish, diving in the Bay of Cabo San Lucas is an incredible underwater wonder! Don’t forget that Cabo Pulmo, located on the East Cape, is the northernmost living black reef in the Americas. Abundant sea life, amazing rock formations, and spectacular coral reefs await your discovery!
Enjoy the crystal clear waters of the Sea of Cortez, and admire the serenity and beauty of the underwater world. Dive into the aqua depths on a tropical snorkeling adventure. Skim the reefs and experience the brilliant translucent color of tropical sea life in its natural habitat. Choose from several different snorkeling tours and let local guides take you to all the best kept secret spots in Los Cabos!