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A Sport Fishing Guide to Baja California
Our coastline has long drawn experienced and leisure fishermen alike, with plentiful waters that promise catches you’ll reminisce about for years. Cabo San Lucas is internationally recognized for its offshore sportfishing with sizable marlin. You can find ample amounts of striped marlin year-round, though the period November and March is optimal. You’ll have the best luck with black marlin and blue marlin from July through October. You can also expect to find large tuna offshore. Or, test your luck with the halibut, red snapper, and grouper who occupy Cabo’s fertile inshore waters. If you happen to find yourself here during October, you’re in luck. This is when Cabo hosts world-renowned fishing competitions like The Los Cabos Billfish Tournament and Bisbee’s Black and Blue Marlin Tournament. The latter has produced the second-largest prize in history, with a payout totaling over four million USD.
Like Cabo, Mazatlán is well-regarded for its offshore deep sea fishing. Throughout the year, you can count on bites from massive billfish, like swordfish, sailfish, and marlin. You’ll also come across mahi-mahi, yellowfin tuna, wahoo, and shark. If you opt for inshore fishing, your pool will include snook, snapper, grouper, bonito, and roosterfish. Those who decide to venture into the world of mangrove fishing can expect bites from snook, red snapper, grouper, and triggerfish.
Whether you choose to stay in Cabo San Lucas or Mazatlán, the golden beaches of Baja California and Sinaloa will serve as a gateway to some of the best billfishing in the world. Cast your line from a cosmopolitan retreat with a lively downtown scene or an elegant escape ripe with old-world luxuries. Click here to learn more about these Pueblo Bonito properties.