Fishing in Cabo San Lucas: Regulations and Top Destinations
The fishing in Cabo San Lucas is legendary. Anglers from all over the world flock to this corner of the globe hoping to catch the 100-pound yellowfin tunas described by novelist (and IGFA Hall of Famer) Zane Grey.
While the area has changed since Grey’s day, the fishing has not. If you want to experience all that Cabo San Lucas fishing grounds have to offer, it’s important to understand the rules and where to go.
Fishing Regulations in Cabo San Lucas
If you’re traveling to Cabo exclusively for fishing, you should know the rules before you fly out.
- If you want to fish in Cabo, you’ll need a fishing permit.
All non-residents, by law, will need a Mexican Sportfishing License no matter their age and no matter what type fish they’re vying for. You can easily purchase your permit online.
If you’re booking a trip on a fishing charter, the license may be covered.
In Mexico, the daily bag limit is ten fish per person. You can keep no more than five of the same species and just one Billfish in a day. But if you’re just catching and releasing, you can have as much fun as you want.
Cabo’s peak fishing season changes depending on the type of fish that you want to catch. Looking for Sailfish or Blue Marlin? Fall is the best time of year to fish. But Dorado fishing is best in July and August.
Choosing your fishing destination strategically can help you reel in the fish you want to catch.
The Top Fishing Spots in Cabo San Lucas
Cabo is filled with great fishing spots whether you want to fish for tuna, striped marlin, sail fish or Dorado – among many other fish. If you’re planning a trip to Cabo and want to spend some of your time fishing, these destinations are a must visit:
- Golden Gate Bank. Arguably one of the best fishing spots period. Offering warm, beautiful waters, the area is home to a variety of fish, including yellowfin, skipjack, marlin and even black seabass. You can fish here in the winter and early spring, too.
- Finger Bank. Filled with tons of fish, it’s not uncommon for anglers to catch upwards of 50 fish a day here, but you need to adhere to fishing regulations. The area is home to striped marlin in the colder months and billfish in the warmer months.
- San Jaime Bank. Close to Tinaje, the bank’s underwater current makes it a hotspot for local fishermen. You’ll find the area brimming with skipjack, blue marlin, yellowfin and bonito – to name a few.
Of course, these are just a few of the great banks that you can explore – and they’re relatively close to each other. You can also check out the Gordo Bank, Santa Maria Canyon and other fishing destinations while you explore the fishing that Cabo has to offer.
Our team can bring you to the top fishing spots in Cabo to ensure that you have an amazing time in one of the world’s top fishing destinations.